Karma in Buddhism


 Buddhism is one of the world’s oldest religions. Buddhism began in India sometime between 6th and 4th centuries before common era. It is considered the world’s fourth largest religion ,with over 500 million followers known as Buddhists.

Buddhists belive in many concepts such as Dukkha ( central concept ), Saṃsāra ( theory of rebirth and cyclicality of life ), Rebirth ( process where all living things go through a cycle of lifetimes ) and of course Karma.

Karma or Kamma and Karmaphala are fundamentals of Buddhism. This concept can also be found in several others Eastern religions.
These concepts explain how our actions good or bad keep as in samsara ( cycle of rebirth ). While the buddhist path shows as the way out.

good harvest

To put it simply if you sow a with love and goodness , you will reap a good harvest, if you sow with bad seeds and badness you will have a bad harvest.
In the language of science Karma is similar to Newtons third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”.

The doctrine of Karma was fully formulated and explained by Buddha.

Primary aspect

of Karma in Buddhism is that the intent called cetanā, is important and it brings consequences that can be good or bad.

However good and bad Karma accumulates even if there isn’t any physical action, it is enough to have evil or good thoughts to create so called karmic seeds.

That means that the actions of body, mind and speech all lead to same result ( karmic seeds).

For Buddhist karma is not only affecting our present life.
Bad karma in previous lives can follow person into next life and cause unwanted things.
Even Buddha himself is not excluded from the effects of past bad karma.

On a much larger scale, karma determines where will the person be born and in what circumstances in their next life.                                

Karma leads to karma-phala (“fruit of action“).Good moral actions lead to pleasant rebirth , and bad moral action lead to unpleasant rebirth or torment in hell realms. One of the main factors are how they contribute to the well being of other in positive or negative aspect.

In another words if you have good moral decisions and you treat others with respect and dignity you will probably be born in one of the heavenly realms.

On other hand if you treat others with disrespect and disgust you will be reborn as an animal or tormented in hell realm.

After all our life is our choice , choose wisely.

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