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UPDATE based on the edited question with a suggested definition of karma. While it is true that the Buddha taught that each and every volitional action has specific consequences this is most definitely not in opposition to the fact that repeated actions based on volitional thoughts can be habit forming. Indeed, consequences of a karmic action can be that it ...


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Personnal experience is a good way to learn. From what i understand, buddhism isn't based on blind faith, so experience is an excellent teacher in that sense. Although i won't quote any buddhist text, i don't think you need to see past lives to understand karma. Anyone has experienced hatred, selfishness, and the following results on the mind. Actions born ...


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There is no difference in manner or extent between the rebirth we experience from moment to moment and the rebirth we experience from life to life. To misunderstand this is to misunderstand the subtlest meaning of the Buddha's teachings on emptiness or anatta. Therefore, think about what this means for your question. When an enlightened one first becomes ...


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I knew someone who was diagnosed as psychotic for most of her adult life. Psychiatric medicines were semi-effective in her case (so the psychiatrist called her "one of the lucky ones"), so apparently the symptoms were brain-related -- even if etiology is too complicated i.e. physical and environmental. A couple of comments based on that... It took years ...


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Then the Exalted One, taking up a little dust on the tip of his finger-nail, said to the monks: "Now what think ye, monks? Which is the greater, this little dust I have taken up on the tip of my finger-nail, or this mighty earth?" "Greater, lord, is this mighty earth. Exceeding small is this little dust taken up on the tip of the Exalted One's fingernail:...


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One of the lessons Buddhism teaches is that everything is impermanent. Our thoughts, our feelings, our emotions, our bodies, our life. Everything. We are surrounded by death. We are mortals. There is an end to this. However, Buddhism also has the concept of rebirth. Actually think about it, rebirth is there due to impermanence. For if one dies and ...


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"Rebirth" is a moral teaching in Buddhism; about destiny due to action (karma). "Impermanence" is a transcendent teaching in Buddhism. "Rebirth" and "impermanence" are not intended to "fit" together.


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Looking at the Early Buddhist Texts (EBTs), we see: AN4.233:1.1: “Cattārimāni, bhikkhave, kammāni mayā sayaṃ abhiññā sacchikatvā paveditāni. AN4.233:1.1: “Mendicants, I declare these four kinds of deeds, having realized them with my own insight. We can verify the effects of kamma(Pāli) / karma(Sanskrit) personally and see causes and effects. For ...


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