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Karma
Karma
(/ˈkɑːrmə/; Sanskrit: कर्म, translit. karma, IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed;[1] it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).[2] Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.[3][4] Karma
Karma
is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Indian religions.[5] In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - one's saṃsāra.[6] With origins in ancient India, karma is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism,[7] and Taoism.[8]

Contents

1 Definition and meanings

1.1 Causality 1.2 Karma
Karma
and ethicization 1.3 Rebirth

2 Early development 3 In Hinduism 4 In Buddhism 5 In Jainism 6 Reception in other traditions

6.1 Sikhism 6.2 Shintoism 6.3 Taoism 6.4 Falun Gong

7 Discussion

7.1 Free will and destiny 7.2 Psychological indeterminacy 7.3 Transferability 7.4 The problem of evil

8 Comparable concepts

8.1 Christianity 8.2 Judaism 8.3 Psychoanalysis 8.4 Theosophy, Spiritism, New Age

9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 Sources 13 External links

Definition and meanings

Karma
Karma
as action and reaction: if we show goodness, we will reap goodness.

Karma
Karma
is the executed "deed", "work", "action", or "act", and it is also the "object", the "intent". Wilhelm Halbfass[3] explains karma (karman) by contrasting it with another Sanskrit word kriya. The word kriya is the activity along with the steps and effort in action, while karma is (1) the executed action as a consequence of that activity, as well as (2) the intention of the actor behind an executed action or a planned action (described by some scholars[9] as metaphysical residue left in the actor). A good action creates good karma, as does good intent. A bad action creates bad karma, as does bad intent.[3] Karma, also refers to a conceptual principle that originated in India, often descriptively called the principle of karma, sometimes as the karma theory or the law of karma.[10] In the context of theory, karma is complex and difficult to define.[11] Different schools of Indologists derive different definitions for the karma concept from ancient Indian texts; their definition is some combination of (1) causality that may be ethical or non-ethical; (2) ethicization, that is good or bad actions have consequences; and (3) rebirth.[11][12] Other Indologists include in the definition of karma theory that which explains the present circumstances of an individual with reference to his or her actions in past. These actions may be those in a person's current life, or, in some schools of Indian traditions, possibly actions in their past lives; furthermore, the consequences may result in current life, or a person's future lives.[11][13] The law of karma operates independent of any deity or any process of divine judgment.[14] Difficulty in arriving at a definition of karma arises because of the diversity of views among the schools of Hinduism; some, for example, consider karma and rebirth linked and simultaneously essential, some consider karma but not rebirth essential, and a few discuss and conclude karma and rebirth to be flawed fiction.[15] Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism
Jainism
have their own karma precepts. Thus karma has not one, but multiple definitions and different meanings.[16] It is a concept whose meaning, importance and scope varies between Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism
Jainism
and other traditions that originated in India, and various schools in each of these traditions. O'Flaherty claims that, furthermore, there is an ongoing debate regarding whether karma is a theory, a model, a paradigm, a metaphor, or a metaphysical stance.[11] Karma
Karma
theory as a concept, across different Indian religious traditions, shares certain common themes: causality, ethicization and rebirth. Causality

Lotus symbolically represents karma in many Asian traditions. A blooming lotus flower is one of the few flowers that simultaneously carries seeds inside itself while it blooms. Seed is symbolically seen as cause, the flower effect. Lotus is also considered as a reminder that one can grow, share good karma and remain unstained even in muddy circumstances.[17]

A common theme to theories of karma is its principle of causality.[10] One of the earliest association of karma to causality occurs in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
of Hinduism. For example, at 4.4.5-6, it states:

Now as a man is like this or like that, according as he acts and according as he behaves, so will he be; a man of good acts will become good, a man of bad acts, bad; he becomes pure by pure deeds, bad by bad deeds; And here they say that a person consists of desires, and as is his desire, so is his will; and as is his will, so is his deed; and whatever deed he does, that he will reap.

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 7th Century BCE[18][19]

The relationship of karma to causality is a central motif in all schools of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist
Buddhist
thought.[20] The theory of karma as causality holds that (1) executed actions of an individual affects the individual and the life he or she lives, and (2) the intentions of an individual affects the individual and the life he or she lives. Disinterested actions, or unintentional actions do not have the same positive or negative karmic effect, as interested and intentional actions. In Buddhism, for example, actions that are performed, or arise, or originate without any bad intent such as covetousness, are considered non-existent in karmic impact or neutral in influence to the individual.[21] Another causality characteristic, shared by Karmic theories, is that like deeds lead to like effects. Thus good karma produces good effect on the actor, while bad karma produces bad effect. This effect may be material, moral or emotional — that is, one's karma affects one's happiness and unhappiness.[20] The effect of karma need not be immediate; the effect of karma can be later in one's current life, and in some schools it extends to future lives.[22] The consequence or effects of one's karma can be described in two forms: phalas and samskaras. A phala (literally, fruit or result) is the visible or invisible effect that is typically immediate or within the current life. In contrast, samskaras are invisible effects, produced inside the actor because of the karma, transforming the agent and affecting his or her ability to be happy or unhappy in this life and future ones. The theory of karma is often presented in the context of samskaras.[20][23] Karmic principle can be understood, suggests Karl Potter,[10][24] as a principle of psychology and habit. Karma
Karma
seeds habits (vāsanā), and habits create the nature of man. Karma
Karma
also seeds self perception, and perception influences how one experiences life events. Both habits and self perception affect the course of one's life. Breaking bad habits is not easy: it requires conscious karmic effort.[10][25] Thus psyche and habit, according to Potter[10] and others,[26] link karma to causality in ancient Indian literature. The idea of karma may be compared to the notion of a person's "character", as both are an assessment of the person and determined by that person's habitual thinking and acting.[5] Karma
Karma
and ethicization The second theme common to karma theories is ethicization. This begins with the premise that every action has a consequence,[6] which will come to fruition in either this or a future life; thus, morally good acts will have positive consequences, whereas bad acts will produce negative results. An individual's present situation is thereby explained by reference to actions in his present or in previous lifetimes. Karma
Karma
is not itself "reward and punishment", but the law that produces consequence.[27] Halbfass notes, good karma is considered as dharma and leads to punya (merit), while bad karma is considered adharma and leads to pāp (demerit, sin).[28] Reichenbach suggests that the theories of karma are an ethical theory.[20] This is so because the ancient scholars of India linked intent and actual action to the merit, reward, demerit and punishment. A theory without ethical premise would be a pure causal relation; the merit or reward or demerit or punishment would be same regardless of the actor's intent. In ethics, one's intentions, attitudes and desires matter in the evaluation of one's action. Where the outcome is unintended, the moral responsibility for it is less on the actor, even though causal responsibility may be the same regardless.[20] A karma theory considers not only the action, but also actor's intentions, attitude, and desires before and during the action. The karma concept thus encourages each person to seek and live a moral life, as well as avoid an immoral life. The meaning and significance of karma is thus as a building block of an ethical theory.[29] Rebirth The third common theme of karma theories is the concept of reincarnation or the cycle of rebirths (saṃsāra).[6][30][31] Rebirth is a fundamental concept of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism
Jainism
and Sikhism.[5] The concept has been intensely debated in ancient literature of India; with different schools of Indian religions considering the relevance of rebirth as either essential, or secondary, or unnecessary fiction.[15] Karma
Karma
is a basic concept, rebirth is a derivative concept, so suggests Creel;[32] Karma
Karma
is a fact, asserts Yamunacharya,[33] while reincarnation is a hypothesis; in contrast, Hiriyanna suggests[34] rebirth is a necessary corollary of karma. Rebirth, or saṃsāra, is the concept that all life forms go through a cycle of reincarnation, that is a series of births and rebirths. The rebirths and consequent life may be in different realm, condition or form. The karma theories suggest that the realm, condition and form depends on the quality and quantity of karma.[35] In schools that believe in rebirth, every living being's soul transmigrates (recycles) after death, carrying the seeds of Karmic impulses from life just completed, into another life and lifetime of karmas.[6][36] This cycle continues indefinitely, except for those who consciously break this cycle by reaching moksa. Those who break the cycle reach the realm of gods, those who don't continue in the cycle. The theory of "karma and rebirth" raises numerous questions—such as how, when, and why did the cycle start in the first place, what is the relative Karmic merit of one karma versus another and why, and what evidence is there that rebirth actually happens, among others. Various schools of Hinduism realized these difficulties, debated their own formulations, some reaching what they considered as internally consistent theories, while other schools modified and de-emphasized it, while a few schools in Hinduism such as Carvakas, Lokayatana abandoned "karma and rebirth" theory altogether.[3][37][38] Schools of Buddhism
Buddhism
consider karma-rebirth cycle as integral to their theories of soteriology.[39][40] Early development The Vedic Sanskrit word kárman- (nominative kárma) means "work" or "deed",[41] often used in the context of Srauta
Srauta
rituals.[42] In the Rigveda, the word occurs some 40 times.[41] In Satapatha Brahmana 1.7.1.5, sacrifice is declared as the "greatest" of works; Satapatha Brahmana 10.1.4.1 associates the potential of becoming immortal (amara) with the karma of the agnicayana sacrifice.[41] The earliest clear discussion of the karma doctrine is in the Upanishads.[6][41] For example, the causality and ethicization is stated in Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad 3.2.13 ("Truly, one becomes good through good deeds, and evil through evil deeds.")[6][41][43] Some authors[44] state that the Samsara
Samsara
(transmigration) and karma doctrine may be non-Vedic, and the ideas may have developed in the "shramana" traditions that preceded Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism. Others[11][45] state that some of the complex ideas of the ancient emerging theory of karma flowed from Vedic thinkers to Buddhist
Buddhist
and Jain thinkers. The mutual influences between the traditions is unclear, and likely co-developed.[46] Many philosophical debates surrounding the concept are shared by the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist
Buddhist
traditions, and the early developments in each tradition incorporated different novel ideas.[47] For example, Buddhists allowed karma transfer from one person to another and sraddha rites, but had difficulty defending the rationale.[47][48] In contrast, Hindu schools and Jainism
Jainism
would not allow the possibility of karma transfer.[49][50] In Hinduism Main article: Karma
Karma
in Hinduism The concept of karma in Hinduism developed and evolved over centuries. The earliest Upanishads
Upanishads
began with the questions about how and why man is born, and what happens after death. As answers to the latter, the early theories in these ancient Sanskrit documents include pancagni vidya (the five fire doctrine), pitryana (the cyclic path of fathers) and devayana (the cycle-transcending, path of the gods).[51] Those who do superficial rituals and seek material gain, claimed these ancient scholars, travel the way of their fathers and recycle back into another life; those who renounce these, go into the forest and pursue spiritual knowledge, were claimed to climb into the higher path of the gods. It is these who break the cycle and are not reborn.[52] With the composition of the Epics - the common man's introduction to Dharma
Dharma
in Hinduism - the ideas of causality and essential elements of the theory of karma were being recited in folk stories. For example:

As a man himself sows, so he himself reaps; no man inherits the good or evil act of another man. The fruit is of the same quality as the action. — Mahabharata, xii.291.22[53]

In the thirteenth book of the Mahabharata, also called the Teaching Book (Anushasana Parva), sixth chapter opens with Yudhishthira asking Bhishma: "Is the course of a person's life already destined, or can human effort shape one's life?"[54] The future, replies Bhishma, is both a function of current human effort derived from free will and past human actions that set the circumstances.[55] Over and over again, the chapters of Mahabharata
Mahabharata
recite the key postulates of karma theory. That is: intent and action (karma) has consequences; karma lingers and doesn't disappear; and, all positive or negative experiences in life require effort and intent.[56] For example:

Happiness comes due to good actions, suffering results from evil actions, by actions, all things are obtained, by inaction, nothing whatsoever is enjoyed. If one's action bore no fruit, then everything would be of no avail, if the world worked from fate alone, it would be neutralized.

— Mahabharata, xiii.6.10 & 19[57]

Over time, various schools of Hinduism developed many different definitions of karma, some making karma appear quite deterministic, while others make room for free will and moral agency.[58] Among the six most studied schools of Hinduism, the theory of karma evolved in different ways, as their respective scholars reasoned and attempted to address the internal inconsistencies, implications and issues of the karma doctrine. According to Halbfass,[3]

The Nyaya
Nyaya
school of Hinduism considers karma and rebirth as central, with some Nyaya
Nyaya
scholars such as Udayana suggesting that the Karma doctrine implies that God exists.[59] The Vaisesika school does not consider the karma from past lives doctrine very important. The Samkhya
Samkhya
school considers karma to be of secondary importance (prakrti is primary). The Mimamsa school gives a negligible role to karma from past lives, disregards Samsara
Samsara
and Moksa.[60] The Yoga
Yoga
school considers karma from past lives to be secondary, one's behavior and psychology in the current life is what has consequences and leads to entanglements.[52] According to Professor Wilhelm Halbfass, the Vedanta
Vedanta
school acknowledges the karma-rebirth doctrine, but concludes it is a theory that is not derived from reality and cannot be proven, considers it invalid for its failure to explain evil / inequality / other observable facts about society, treats it as a convenient fiction to solve practical problems in Upanishadic times, and declares it irrelevant; in the Advaita Vedanta
Vedanta
school, actions in current life have moral consequences and liberation is possible within one's life as jivanmukti (self-realized person).[3]

The above six schools illustrate the diversity of views, but are not exhaustive. Each school has sub-schools in Hinduism, such as Vedanta school's nondualism and dualism sub-schools. Furthermore, there are other schools of Hinduism such as Carvaka, Lokayata (the materialists) who denied the theory of karma-rebirth as well as the existence of God; to this school of Hindus, the properties of things come from the nature of things. Causality
Causality
emerges from the interaction, actions and nature of things and people, determinative principles such as karma or God are unnecessary.[61][62] In Buddhism Main article: Karma
Karma
in Buddhism Karma
Karma
and karmaphala are fundamental concepts in Buddhism.[63][64] The concepts of karma and karmaphala explain how our intentional actions keep us tied to rebirth in samsara, whereas the Buddhist
Buddhist
path, as exemplified in the Noble Eightfold Path, shows us the way out of samsara.[65][66] Karmaphala is the "fruit",[67][68][69] "effect"[70] or "result"[71] of karma. A similar term is karmavipaka, the "maturation"[72] or "cooking"[73] of karma.[68][note 1] The cycle of rebirth is determined by karma,[74] literally "action".[note 2] In the Buddhist
Buddhist
tradition, karma refers to actions driven by intention (cetanā),[80][81][69][note 3] a deed done deliberately through body, speech or mind, which leads to future consequences.[84] The Nibbedhika Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya
Anguttara Nikaya
6.63:

Intention (cetana) I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect.[85][note 4]

How these intentional actions lead to rebirth, and how the idea of rebirth is to be reconciled with the doctrines of impermanence and no-self,[87][note 5] is a matter of philosophical inquiry in the Buddhist
Buddhist
traditions, for which several solutions have been proposed.[74] In early Buddhism
Buddhism
no explicit theory of rebirth and karma is worked out,[77] and "the karma doctrine may have been incidental to early Buddhist
Buddhist
soteriology."[78][79] In early Buddhism, rebirth is ascribed to craving or ignorance.[75][76] The Buddha's teaching of karma is not strictly deterministic, but incorporated circumstantial factors, unlike that of the Jains.[88][89][note 6] It is not a rigid and mechanical process, but a flexible, fluid and dynamic process.[90] There is no set linear relationship between a particular action and its results.[89] The karmic effect of a deed is not determined solely by the deed itself, but also by the nature of the person who commits the deed, and by the circumstances in which it is committed.[91][89] Karmaphala is not a "judgement" enforced by a God, Deity or other supernatural being that controls the affairs of the Cosmos. Rather, karmaphala is the outcome of a natural process of cause and effect.[note 7] Within Buddhism, the real importance of the doctrine of karma and its fruits lies in the recognition of the urgency to put a stop to the whole process.[93][94] The Acintita Sutta warns that "the results of kamma" is one of the four incomprehensible subjects,[95][96] subjects that are beyond all conceptualization[95] and cannot be understood with logical thought or reason.[note 8] In Jainism Main article: Karma
Karma
in Jainism

Types of Karmas as per Jain philosophy

See also: Causes of Karma (Jainism)
Causes of Karma (Jainism)
and God in Jainism In Jainism, "karma" conveys a totally different meaning from that commonly understood in Hindu philosophy
Hindu philosophy
and western civilization.[101] Jain philosophy
Jain philosophy
is the oldest Indian philosophy
Indian philosophy
that completely separates body (matter) from the soul (pure consciousness).[102] In Jainism, karma is referred to as karmic dirt, as it consists of very subtle particles of matter that pervade the entire universe.[103] Karmas are attracted to the karmic field of a soul due to vibrations created by activities of mind, speech, and body as well as various mental dispositions. Hence the karmas are the subtle matter surrounding the consciousness of a soul. When these two components (consciousness and karma) interact, we experience the life we know at present. Jain texts
Jain texts
expound that seven tattvas (truths or fundamentals) constitute reality. These are:[104]

Jīva- the soul which is characterized by consciousness Ajīva- the non-soul Āsrava- inflow of auspicious and evil karmic matter into the soul. Bandha (bondage)- mutual intermingling of the soul and karmas. Samvara
Samvara
(stoppage)- obstruction of the inflow of karmic matter into the soul. Nirjara
Nirjara
(gradual dissociation)- separation or falling off of part of karmic matter from the soul. Mokṣha (liberation)- complete annihilation of all karmic matter (bound with any particular soul).

According to Padmanabh Jaini,

This emphasis on reaping the fruits only of one's own karma was not restricted to the Jainas; both Hindus and Buddhist
Buddhist
writers have produced doctrinal materials stressing the same point. Each of the latter traditions, however, developed practices in basic contradiction to such belief. In addition to shrardha (the ritual Hindu offerings by the son of deceased), we find among Hindus widespread adherence to the notion of divine intervention in ones fate, while Buddhists eventually came to propound such theories like boon-granting bodhisattvas, transfer of merit and like. Only Jainas have been absolutely unwilling to allow such ideas to penetrate their community, despite the fact that there must have been tremendous amount of social pressure on them to do so.[105]

The key points where the theory of karma in Jainism
Jainism
can be stated as follows:

Karma
Karma
operates as a self-sustaining mechanism as natural universal law, without any need of an external entity to manage them. (absence of the exogenous "Divine Entity" in Jainism) Jainism
Jainism
advocates that a soul attracts karmic matter even with the thoughts, and not just the actions. Thus, to even think evil of someone would endure a karma-bandha or an increment in bad karma. For this reason, Jainism
Jainism
emphasise on developing Ratnatraya
Ratnatraya
(The Three Jewels): samyak darśana (Right Faith), samyak jnāna (Right Knowledge) and samyak charitra (Right Conduct). In Jain theology, a soul is released of worldly affairs as soon as it is able to emancipate from the "karma-bandha".[106] In Jainism, nirvana and moksha are used interchangeably. Nirvana
Nirvana
represents annihilation of all karmas by an individual soul and moksha represents the perfect blissful state (free from all bondage). In the presence of a Tirthankara, a soul can attain Kevala Jnana
Kevala Jnana
(omniscience) and subsequently nirvana, without any need of intervention by the Tirthankara.[106] The karmic theory in Jainism
Jainism
operates endogenously. Even the Tirthankaras themselves have to go through the stages of emancipation, for attaining that state. Jainism
Jainism
treats all souls equally, inasmuch as it advocates that all souls have the same potential of attaining nirvana. Only those who make effort, really attain it, but nonetheless, each soul is capable on its own to do so by gradually reducing its karma.[107]

Reception in other traditions Sikhism In Sikhism, all living beings are described as being under the influence of maya's three qualities. Always present together in varying mix and degrees, these three qualities of maya bind the soul to the body and to the earth plane. Above these three qualities is the eternal time. Due to the influence of three modes of Maya's nature, jivas (individual beings) perform activities under the control and purview of the eternal time. These activities are called "karma". The underlying principle is that karma is the law that brings back the results of actions to the person performing them. This life is likened to a field in which our karma is the seed. We harvest exactly what we sow; no less, no more. This infallible law of karma holds everyone responsible for what the person is or is going to be. Based on the total sum of past karma, some feel close to the Pure Being in this life and others feel separated. This is the Gurbani's (Sri Guru Granth Sahib) law of karma. Like other Indian and oriental schools of thought, the Gurbani also accepts the doctrines of karma and reincarnation as the facts of nature.[108] Shintoism Interpreted as Musubi, a view of karma is recognized in Shintoism
Shintoism
as a means of enriching, empowering and life affirming.[109] Taoism Karma
Karma
is an important concept in Taoism. Every deed is tracked by deities and spirits. Appropriate rewards or retribution follow karma, just like a shadow follows a person.[8] The karma doctrine of Taoism
Taoism
developed in three stages.[110] In the first stage, causality between actions and consequences was adopted, with supernatural beings keeping track of everyone's karma and assigning fate (ming). In the second phase, transferability of karma ideas from Chinese Buddhism
Buddhism
were expanded, and a transfer or inheritance of Karmic fate from ancestors to one's current life was introduced. In the third stage of karma doctrine development, ideas of rebirth based on karma were added. One could be reborn either as another human being or another animal, according to this belief. In the third stage, additional ideas were introduced; for example, rituals, repentance and offerings at Taoist temples were encouraged as it could alleviate Karmic burden.[110][111] Falun Gong Ownby (2008) claims that Falun Gong
Falun Gong
differs from Buddhism
Buddhism
in its definition of the term "karma" in that it is taken not as a process of award and punishment, but as an exclusively negative term. The Chinese term "de" or "virtue" is reserved for what might otherwise be termed "good karma" in Buddhism. Karma
Karma
is understood as the source of all suffering - what Buddhism
Buddhism
might refer to as "bad karma". Li says, "A person has done bad things over his many lifetimes, and for people this results in misfortune, or for cultivators it's karmic obstacles, so there's birth, aging, sickness, and death. This is ordinary karma."[112] Falun Gong
Falun Gong
teaches that the spirit is locked in the cycle of rebirth, also known as samsara[113] due to the accumulation of karma.[114] This is a negative, black substance that accumulates in other dimensions lifetime after lifetime, by doing bad deeds and thinking bad thoughts. Falun Gong
Falun Gong
states that karma is the reason for suffering, and what ultimately blocks people from the truth of the universe and attaining enlightenment. At the same time, karma is also the cause of one's continued rebirth and suffering.[114] Li says that due to accumulation of karma the human spirit upon death will reincarnate over and over again, until the karma is paid off or eliminated through cultivation, or the person is destroyed due to the bad deeds he has done.[114] Ownby regards the concept of karma as a cornerstone to individual moral behaviour in Falun Gong, and also readily traceable to the Christian doctrine of "one reaps what one sows". Others say Matthew 5:44 means no unbeliever will not fully reap what they sow until they are Judged by God after death in Hell. Ownby says Falun Gong
Falun Gong
is differentiated by a "system of transmigration", though, "in which each organism is the reincarnation of a previous life form, its current form having been determined by karmic calculation of the moral qualities of the previous lives lived." Ownby says the seeming unfairness of manifest inequities can then be explained, at the same time allowing a space for moral behaviour in spite of them.[112] In the same vein of Li's monism, matter and spirit are one, karma is identified as a black substance which must be purged in the process of cultivation.[112] Li says that "Human beings all fell here from the many dimensions of the universe. They no longer met the requirements of the Fa at their given levels in the universe, and thus had to drop down. Just as we have said before, the heavier one's mortal attachments, the further down one drops, with the descent continuing until one arrives at the state of ordinary human beings." He says that in the eyes of higher beings, the purpose of human life is not merely to be human, but to awaken quickly on Earth, a "setting of delusion", and return. "That is what they really have in mind; they are opening a door for you. Those who fail to return will have no choice but to reincarnate, with this continuing until they amass a huge amount of karma and are destroyed."[115] Ownby regards this as the basis for Falun Gong's apparent "opposition to practitioners' taking medicine when ill; they are missing an opportunity to work off karma by allowing an illness to run its course (suffering depletes karma) or to fight the illness through cultivation." Benjamin Penny shares this interpretation. Since Li believes that "karma is the primary factor that causes sickness in people", Penny asks: "if disease comes from karma and karma can be eradicated through cultivation of xinxing, then what good will medicine do?"[116] Li himself states that he is not forbidding practitioners from taking medicine, maintaining that "What I'm doing is telling people the relationship between practicing cultivation and medicine-taking". Li also states that "An everyday person needs to take medicine when he gets sick."[117] Schechter quotes a Falun Gong student who says "It is always an individual choice whether one should take medicine or not."[118] Discussion Free will and destiny One of the significant controversies with the karma doctrine is whether it always implies destiny, and its implications on free will. This controversy is also referred to as the moral agency problem;[119] the controversy is not unique to karma doctrine, but also found in some form in monotheistic religions.[120] The free will controversy can be outlined in three parts:[119] (1) A person who kills, rapes or commits any other unjust act, can claim all his bad actions were a product of his karma: he is devoid of free will, he can not make a choice, he is an agent of karma, and he merely delivers necessary punishments his "wicked" victims deserved for their own karma in past lives. Are crimes and unjust actions due to free will, or because of forces of karma? (2) Does a person who suffers from the unnatural death of a loved one, or rape or any other unjust act, assume a moral agent is responsible, that the harm is gratuitous, and therefore seek justice? Or, should one blame oneself for bad karma over past lives, and assume that the unjust suffering is fate? (3) Does the karma doctrine undermine the incentive for moral education--because all suffering is deserved and consequence of past lives, why learn anything when the balance sheet of karma from past lives will determine one's action and sufferings?[121] The explanations and replies to the above free will problem vary by the specific school of Hinduism, Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism. The schools of Hinduism, such as Yoga
Yoga
and Advaita Vedanta, that have emphasized current life over the dynamics of karma residue moving across past lives, allow free will.[122] Their argument, as well of other schools, are threefold: (1) The theory of karma includes both the action and the intent behind that action. Not only is one affected by past karma, one creates new karma whenever one acts with intent - good or bad. If intent and act can be proven beyond reasonable doubt, new karma can be proven, and the process of justice can proceed against this new karma. The actor who kills, rapes or commits any other unjust act, must be considered as the moral agent for this new karma, and tried. (2) Life forms not only receive and reap the consequence of their past karma, together they are the means to initiate, evaluate, judge, give and deliver consequence of karma to others. (3) Karma
Karma
is a theory that explains some evils, not all (see moral evil versus natural evil).[123][124] Other schools of Hinduism, as well as Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism
Jainism
that do consider cycle of rebirths central to their beliefs and that karma from past lives affects one's present, believe that both free will (Cetanā) and karma can co-exist; however, their answers have not persuaded all scholars.[119][124] Psychological indeterminacy Another issue with the theory of karma is that it is psychologically indeterminate, suggests Obeyesekere.[125] That is, (1) if no one can know what their karma was in previous lives, and (2) if the karma from past lives can determine one's future, then the individual is psychologically unclear what if anything he or she can do now to shape the future, be more happy, or reduce suffering. If something goes wrong – such as sickness or failure at work – the individual is unclear if karma from past lives was the cause, or the sickness was caused by curable infection and the failure was caused by something correctable.[125] This psychological indeterminacy problem is also not unique to the theory of karma; it is found in every religion adopting the premise that God has a plan, or in some way influences human events. As with the karma-and-free-will problem above, schools that insist on primacy of rebirths face the most controversy. Their answers to the psychological indeterminacy issue are the same as those for addressing the free will problem.[124] Transferability Some schools of Asian religions, particularly Buddhism, allow transfer of karma merit and demerit from one person to another. This transfer is an exchange of non-physical quality just like an exchange of physical goods between two human beings. The practice of karma transfer, or even its possibility, is controversial.[126][127] Karma transfer raises questions similar to those with substitutionary atonement and vicarious punishment. It defeats the ethical foundations, and dissociates the causality and ethicization in the theory of karma from the moral agent. Proponents of some Buddhist schools suggest that the concept of karma merit transfer encourages religious giving, and such transfers are not a mechanism to transfer bad karma (i.e., demerit) from one person to another. In Hinduism, Sraddha rites during funerals have been labelled as karma merit transfer ceremonies by a few scholars, a claim disputed by others.[128] Other schools in Hinduism, such as the Yoga
Yoga
and Advaita Vedantic philosophies, and Jainism
Jainism
hold that karma can not be transferred.[11][129] The problem of evil There has been an ongoing debate about karma theory and how it answers the problem of evil and related problem of theodicy. The problem of evil is a significant question debated in monotheistic religions with two beliefs:[130] (1) There is one God who is absolutely good and compassionate (omnibenevolent), and (2) That one God knows absolutely everything (omniscient) and is all powerful (omnipotent). The problem of evil is then stated in formulations such as, "why does the omnibenevolent, omniscient and omnipotent God allow any evil and suffering to exist in the world?" Max Weber extended the problem of evil to Eastern traditions.[131] The problem of evil, in the context of karma, has been long discussed in Eastern traditions, both in theistic and non-theistic schools; for example, in Uttara Mīmāṃsā
Mīmāṃsā
Sutras Book 2 Chapter 1;[132][133] the 8th century arguments by Adi Sankara in Brahmasutrabhasya where he posits that God cannot reasonably be the cause of the world because there exists moral evil, inequality, cruelty and suffering in the world;[134][135] and the 11th century theodicy discussion by Ramanuja in Sribhasya.[136] Epics such as the Mahabharata, for example, suggests three prevailing theories in ancient India as to why good and evil exists – one being that everything is ordained by God, another being karma, and a third citing chance events (yadrccha, यदृच्छा).[137][138] The Mahabharata, which includes Hindu deity Vishnu in the form of Krishna as one of the central characters in the Epic, debates the nature and existence of suffering from these three perspectives, and includes a theory of suffering as arising from an interplay of chance events (such as floods and other events of nature), circumstances created by past human actions, and the current desires, volitions, dharma, adharma and current actions (purusakara) of people.[137][139][140] However, while karma theory in the Mahabharata
Mahabharata
presents alternative perspectives on the problem of evil and suffering, it offers no conclusive answer.[137][141] Other scholars[142] suggest that nontheistic Indian religious traditions do not assume an omnibenevolent creator, and some[143] theistic schools do not define or characterize their God(s) as monotheistic Western religions do and the deities have colorful, complex personalities; the Indian deities are personal and cosmic facilitators, and in some schools conceptualized like Plato’s Demiurge.[136] Therefore, the problem of theodicy in many schools of major Indian religions
Indian religions
is not significant, or at least is of a different nature than in Western religions.[144] Many Indian religions place greater emphasis on developing the karma principle for first cause and innate justice with Man as focus, rather than developing religious principles with the nature and powers of God and divine judgment as focus.[145] Some scholars, particularly of the Nyaya school of Hinduism and Sankara in Brahmasutra bhasya, have posited that karma doctrine implies existence of god, who administers and affects the person's environment given that person's karma, but then acknowledge that it makes karma as violable, contingent and unable to address the problem of evil.[146] Arthur Herman states that karma-transmigration theory solves all three historical formulations to the problem of evil while acknowledging the theodicy insights of Sankara and Ramanuja.[147] Some theistic Indian religions, such as Sikhism, suggest evil and suffering are a human phenomenon and arises from the karma of individuals.[148] In other theistic schools such as those in Hinduism, particularly its Nyaya
Nyaya
school, karma is combined with dharma and evil is explained as arising from human actions and intent that is in conflict with dharma.[136] In nontheistic religions such as Buddhism, Jainism
Jainism
and the Mimamsa school of Hinduism, karma theory is used to explain the cause of evil as well as to offer distinct ways to avoid or be unaffected by evil in the world.[134] Those schools of Hinduism, Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism
Jainism
that rely on karma-rebirth theory have been critiqued for their theological explanation of suffering in children by birth, as the result of his or her sins in a past life.[149] Others disagree, and consider the critique as flawed and a misunderstanding of the karma theory.[150] Comparable concepts

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Western culture, influenced by Christianity,[7] holds a notion similar to karma, as demonstrated in the phrase "what goes around comes around". Christianity Mary Jo Meadow suggests karma is akin to "Christian notions of sin and its effects."[151] She states that the Christian teaching on a Last Judgment according to one's charity is a teaching on karma.[151] Christianity also teaches morals such as one reaps what one sows (Galatians 6:7) and live by the sword, die by the sword (Matthew 26:52).[152] Most scholars, however, consider the concept of Last Judgment as different from karma, with karma as an ongoing process that occurs every day in one's life, while Last Judgment, by contrast, is a one-time review at the end of life.[153] Judaism There is a concept in Judaism called in Hebrew midah k'neged midah, which literally translates to "value against value," but carries the same connotation as the English phrase "measure for measure." The concept is used not so much in matters of law, but rather, in matters of ethics, i.e. how one's actions effects the world will eventually come back to that person in ways one might not necessarily expect. David Wolpe
David Wolpe
compared midah k'neged midah to karma.[154] Psychoanalysis Jung
Jung
once opined on unresolved emotions and the synchronicity of karma;

When an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate.[155]

Popular methods for negating cognitive dissonance include meditation, metacognition, counselling, psychoanalysis, etc., whose aim is to enhance emotional self-awareness and thus avoid negative karma. This results in better emotional hygiene and reduced karmic impacts.[citation needed] Permanent neuronal changes within the amygdala and left prefrontal cortex of the human brain attributed to long-term meditation and metacognition techniques have been proven scientifically.[156] This process of emotional maturation aspires to a goal of Individuation or self-actualisation. Such peak experiences are hypothetically devoid of any karma (nirvana or moksha). Theosophy, Spiritism, New Age The idea of karma was popularized in the Western world
Western world
through the work of the Theosophical Society. In this conception, karma was a precursor to the Neopagan law of return or Threefold Law, the idea that the beneficial or harmful effects one has on the world will return to oneself. Colloquially this may be summed up as 'what goes around comes around.' The Theosophist I. K. Taimni wrote, " Karma
Karma
is nothing but the Law of Cause and Effect operating in the realm of human life and bringing about adjustments between an individual and other individuals whom he has affected by his thoughts, emotions and actions."[157] Theosophy also teaches that when humans reincarnate they come back as humans only, not as animals or other organisms.[158] See also

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Karma
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Buddhist
Philosophy of Karma

Notes

^ Keown: "The remote effects of karmic choices are referred to as the 'maturation' (vipāka) or 'fruit' (phala) of the karmic act."[68] ^ In early Buddhism
Buddhism
rebirth is ascribed to craving or ignorance,[75][76] and the theory of karma may have been of minor importance in early Buddhist
Buddhist
soteriology.[77][78][79] ^ Rupert Gethin: "[ Karma
Karma
is] a being’s intentional 'actions' of body, speech, and mind—whatever is done, said, or even just thought with definite intention or volition";[82] "[a]t root karma or 'action' is considered a mental act or intention; it is an aspect of our mental life: 'It is "intention" that I call karma; having formed the intention, one performs acts (karma) by body, speech and mind.'"[83] ^ There are many different translation of the above quote into English. For example, Peter Harvey translates the quote as follows: "It is will (cetana), O monks, that I call karma; having willed, one acts through body, speech, and mind." (A.III.415).[86] ^ Dargray: "When [the Buddhist] understanding of karma is correlated to the Buddhist
Buddhist
doctrine of universal impermanence and No-Self, a serious problem arises as to where this trace is stored and what the trace left is. The problem is aggravated when the trace remains latent over a long period, perhaps over a period of many existences. The crucial problem presented to all schools of Buddhist
Buddhist
philosophy was where the trace is stored and how it can remain in the ever-changing stream of phenomena which build up the individual and what the nature of this trace is."[87] ^ Bhikkhu Thanissaro: "Unlike the theory of linear causality — which led the Vedists and Jains to see the relationship between an act and its result as predictable and tit-for-tat — the principle of this/that conditionality makes that relationship inherently complex. The results of kamma ("kamma" is the Pali spelling for the word "karma") experienced at any one point in time come not only from past kamma, but also from present kamma. This means that, although there are general patterns relating habitual acts to corresponding results [MN 135], there is no set one-for-one, tit-for-tat, relationship between a particular action and its results. Instead, the results are determined by the context of the act, both in terms of actions that preceded or followed it [MN 136] and in terms one’s state of mind at the time of acting or experiencing the result [AN 3:99]. [...] The feedback loops inherent in this/that conditionality mean that the working out of any particular cause-effect relationship can be very complex indeed. This explains why the Buddha says in AN 4:77 that the results of kamma are imponderable. Only a person who has developed the mental range of a Buddha—another imponderable itself—would be able to trace the intricacies of the kammic network. The basic premise of kamma is simple—that skillful intentions lead to favorable results, and unskillful ones to unfavorable results—but the process by which those results work themselves out is so intricate that it cannot be fully mapped. We can compare this with the Mandelbrot set, a mathematical set generated by a simple equation, but whose graph is so complex that it will probably never be completely explored."[89] ^ Khandro Rinpoche: " Buddhism
Buddhism
is a nontheistic philosophy. We do not believe in a creator but in the causes and conditions that create certain circumstances that then come to fruition. This is called karma. It has nothing to do with judgement; there is no one keeping track of our karma and sending us up above or down below. Karma
Karma
is simply the wholeness of a cause, or first action, and its effect, or fruition, which then becomes another cause. In fact, one karmic cause can have many fruitions, all of which can cause thousands more creations. Just as a handful of seed can ripen into a full field of grain, a small amount of karma can generate limitless effects."[92] ^ Dasgupta explains that in Indian philosophy, acintya is "that which is to be unavoidably accepted for explaining facts, but which cannot stand the scrutiny of logic."[97] See also the Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta, "Discourse to Vatsagotra on the [Simile of] Fire," Majjhima Nikaya 72,[98][99] in which the Buddha is questioned by Vatsagotra on the "ten indeterminate question,"[98] and the Buddha explains that a Tathagata
Tathagata
is like a fire that has been extinguished, and is "deep, boundless, hard to fathom, like the sea".[100]

References

^ See:

Encyclopædia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, New York, pp 679-680, Article on Karma; Quote - " Karma
Karma
meaning deed or action; in addition, it also has philosophical and technical meaning, denoting a person's deeds as determining his future lot." The Encyclopedia of World Religions, Robert Ellwood & Gregory Alles, ISBN 978-0-8160-6141-9, pp 253; Quote - "Karma: Sanskrit word meaning action and the consequences of action." Hans Torwesten (1994), Vedanta: Heart of Hinduism, ISBN 978-0802132628, Grove Press New York, pp 97; Quote - "In the Vedas
Vedas
the word karma (work, deed or action, and its resulting effect) referred mainly to..."

^ Karma
Karma
Encyclopædia Britannica (2012) ^ a b c d e f Halbfass, Wilhelm (2000), Karma
Karma
und Wiedergeburt im indischen Denken, Diederichs, München, Germany ^ Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker, Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2nd Edition, ISBN 0-415-93672-1, Hindu Ethics, pp 678 ^ a b c James Lochtefeld (2002), The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Rosen Publishing, New York, ISBN 0-8239-2287-1, pp 351-352 ^ a b c d e f "Karma" in: John Bowker (1997), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, Oxford University Press. ^ a b Parvesh Singla. The Manual of Life – Karma. Parvesh singla. pp. 5–7. GGKEY:0XFSARN29ZZ. Retrieved 4 June 2011.  ^ a b Eva Wong, Taoism, Shambhala Publications, ISBN 978-1590308820, pp. 193 ^ Julius Lipner (2010), Hindus: Their religious beliefs and practices, 2nd Edition, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-45677-7, pp 261-262 ^ a b c d e Karl Potter (1964), The Naturalistic Principle of Karma, Philosophy East and West, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Apr., 1964), pp. 39-49 ^ a b c d e f Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp xi-xxv (Introduction) ^ Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp 3-37 ^ Karl Potter (1980), in Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions (O'Flaherty, Editor), University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp 241-267 ^ See:

For Hinduism view: Jeffrey Brodd (2009), World Religions: A Voyage of Discovery, Saint Mary's Press, ISBN 978-0884899976, pp. 47; For Buddhism
Buddhism
view: Khandro Rinpoche
Khandro Rinpoche
(2003), This Precious Life, Shambhala, pp. 95

^ a b see:

Kaufman, W. R. (2005), Karma, rebirth, and the problem of evil, Philosophy East and West, pp 15-32; Sharma, A. (1996), On the distinction between Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Hinduism, Asian Philosophy, 6(1), pp 29-35; Bhattacharya, R. (2012), Svabhāvavāda and the Cārvāka/Lokāyata: A Historical Overview, Journal of Indian Philosophy, 40(6), pp 593-614

^ Harold Coward (2003), Encyclopedia of Science of Religion, MacMillan Reference, ISBN 978-0028657042, see article on Karma ^ Maria I. Macioti, The Buddha Within Ourselves: Blossoms of the Lotus Sutra, Translator: Richard Maurice Capozzi, ISBN 978-0761821892, pp 69-70 ^ Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
4.4.5-6 Berkley Center for Religion Peace & World Affairs, Georgetown University (2012) ^ The words "deed", "acts" above are rendered from karma; see Brihadaranyaka James Black, Original Sanskrit & Muller Oxford English Translations, University of Wisconsin, United States (2011) ^ a b c d e Bruce R. Reichenbach, The Law of Karma
Karma
and the Principle of Causation, Philosophy East and West, Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct., 1988), pp. 399-410 ^ Anguttara-Nikaya 3.4.33, Translator: Henry Warren (1962), Buddhism in Translations, Atheneum Publications, New York, pp 216-217 ^ see:

James McDermott, Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Early Buddhism, in Editor: Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp 165-192 Padmanabh Jaini, Karma
Karma
and the problem of rebirth in Jainism, in Editor: Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp 217-239 Ludo Rocher, Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in the Dharmasastras, in Editor: Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp 61-89

^ Damien Keown (1996), Karma, character, and consequentialism, The Journal of Religious Ethics, pp 329-350. ^ Karl Potter's suggestion is supported by the Bhagavad-Gita, which links good bondage and bad bondage to good habits and bad habits respectively. It also lists various types of habits - such as good (sattva), passion (rajas) and indifferent (tamas) - while explaining karma. See the cited Potter reference; elsewhere, in Yoga
Yoga
Sutras, the role of karma to creating habits is explained with Vāsanās - see Ian Whicher, The Integrity of the Yoga
Yoga
Darsana: A Reconsideration of Classical Yoga, State University of New York, ISBN 0-7914-3816-3, Chapter 3, particularly pp 102-105 ^ Ian Whicher (1998), The final stages of purification in classical yoga, Asian Philosophy, 8(2), pp 85-102 ^ Harold Coward (1983), "Psychology and Karma", Philosophy East and West 33 (Jan): 49-60. ^ Francis X. Clooney, Evil, Divine Omnipotence, and Human Freedom: Vedānta's Theology of Karma, The Journal of Religion, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct., 1989), pp. 530-548 ^ Wilhelm Halbfass (1998), Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Routledge, London, see article on Karma
Karma
and Rebirth (Indian Conceptions) ^ see:

James Hastings et al. (1915), Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics (Hymns-Liberty), Volume VII, Article on Jainism, pp 469-471; Christopher Chapple (1975), Karma
Karma
and the path of purification, in Virginia Hanson et al. (Editors) - Karma: Rhythmic Return to Harmony, ISBN 978-0835606639, Chapter 23; Krishan, Y. (1988), The Vedic origins of the doctrine of karma, South Asian Studies, 4(1), pp 51-55

^ Obeyesekere 2005, p. 1-2, 108, 126-128. ^ Mark Juergensmeyer & Wade Clark Roof 2011, pp. 272-273, 652-654. ^ Austin Creel (1986), in Editor: Ronald Wesley Neufeldt, Karma
Karma
and Rebirth: Post Classical Developments, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0873959902, Chapter 1 ^ M Yamunacharya (1966), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth, Indian Philo. Annual, 1, pp 66 ^ M. Hiriyana (1949), Essentials of Indian Philosophy, George Allen Unwin, London, pp 47 ^ James Lochtefeld (2002), The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume 2, Rosen Publishing, New York, ISBN 0-8239-2287-1, pp 589 ^ Harold Coward (2003), Encyclopedia of Science of Religion, Karma ^ see:

Wilhelm Halbfass (1998), Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Routledge, London, see article on Karma
Karma
and Rebirth (Indian Conceptions) Ronald Wesley Neufeldt, Karma
Karma
and Rebirth: Post Classical Developments, State University of New York Press, ISBN 978-0873959902

^ A. Javadekar (1965), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth, Indian Philosophical Annual, 1, 78 ^ Damien Keown (2013), Buddhism: A very short introduction, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0199663835 ^ Étienne Lamotte(1936), Le traité de l'acte de Vasubandhu: Karmasiddhiprakarana, in Mélanges chinois et bouddhiques 4, pp 151-288 ^ a b c d e Krishan, Y. (1988). "The Vedic Origins of the Doctrine of Karma". South Asian Studies. 4 (1): 51–55. doi:10.1080/02666030.1988.9628366. ; Yuvraj Krishan (1997). The Doctrine of Karma: Its Origin and Development in Brāhmaṇical, Buddhist, and Jaina Traditions. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. pp. 4, 12, 17–19, for context see 1–27. ISBN 978-81-208-1233-8.  ^ a neuter n-stem, कर्म  from the root √kṛ कृ "to do, make, perform, accomplish, cause, effect, prepare, undertake" kṛ,कृ Monier Monier-Williams, Monier Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary (1899). ^ Mark Juergensmeyer & Wade Clark Roof 2011, p. 653. ^ see:

Y. Masih (2000) In : A Comparative Study of Religions, Motilal Banarsidass Publ : Delhi, ISBN 81-208-0815-0, page 37, Quote - "This confirms that the doctrine of transmigration is non-aryan and was accepted by non-vedics like Ajivikism, Jainism
Jainism
and Buddhism. The Indo-aryans have borrowed the theory of re-birth after coming in contact with the aboriginal inhabitants of India. Certainly Jainism and non-vedics [..] accepted the doctrine of rebirth as supreme postulate or article of faith." Gavin D. Flood (1996), An Introduction to Hinduism, Cambridge University Press: UK ISBN 0-521-43878-0, page 86, Quote - "The origin and doctrine of Karma
Karma
and Saṃsāra
Saṃsāra
are obscure. These concepts were certainly circulating amongst sramanas, and Jainism
Jainism
and Buddhism
Buddhism
developed specific and sophisticated ideas about the process of transmigration. It is very possible that the karmas and reincarnation entered the mainstream brahaminical thought from the sramana or the renouncer traditions." Bimala Law (1952, Reprint 2005), The Buddhist
Buddhist
Conception of Spirits, ISBN 81-206-1933-1, Asian Educational Services; in particular, see Chapter II Y. Krishan, The doctrine of Karma
Karma
and Śraddhas, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Vol. 66, No. 1/4 (1985), pp. 97-115

^ Yuvraj Krishan (1985), The doctrine of Karma
Karma
and Śraddhas, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Vol. 66, No. 1/4, pages 97-115 ^ Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, pp xvii-xviii; Quote - "There was such constant interaction between Vedism and Buddhism
Buddhism
in the early period that it is fruitless to attempt to sort out the earlier source of many doctrines, they lived in one another's pockets, like Picasso and Braque (who, in later years, were unable to say which of them had painted certain paintings from their earlier, shared period)." ^ a b Wendy Doniger
Wendy Doniger
(1980). Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. University of California Press. pp. xii–xxiii. ISBN 978-0-520-03923-0.  ^ James McDermott (1980). Wendy Doniger, ed. Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. University of California Press. pp. 165–192. ISBN 978-0-520-03923-0.  ^ Padmanabh Jaini
Padmanabh Jaini
(1980). Wendy Doniger, ed. Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. University of California Press. pp. 217–239. ISBN 978-0-520-03923-0.  ^ Ludo Rocher (1980). Wendy Doniger, ed. Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. University of California Press. pp. 61–89. ISBN 978-0-520-03923-0.  ^ Colebrooke, H. T. (1829), Essay on the Philosophy of the Hindus, Part V. Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2(1), 1-39 ^ a b William Mahony (1987), Karman: Hindu and Jain Concepts, in Editor: Mircea Eliade, Encyclopedia of Religion, Collier Macmillan, New York ^ E. Washburn Hopkins, Modifications of the Karma
Karma
Doctrine, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, (Jul., 1906), pp. 581-593 ^ Christopher Chapple (1986), Karma
Karma
and creativity, State University of New York Press, ISBN 0-88706-251-2; see Chapter 3 and Appendix 1 ^ Christopher Chapple (1986), Karma
Karma
and creativity, State University of New York Press, ISBN 0-88706-251-2; pp 60-64 ^ J. Bruce Long, The concepts of human action and rebirth in the Mahabharata, in Wendy D. O'Flaherty (1980), Karma
Karma
and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, University of California Press, ISBN 978-0520039230, Chapter 2 ^ see:

Christopher Chapple (1986), Karma
Karma
and creativity, State University of New York Press, ISBN 0-88706-251-2; Manmatha Nath Dutt (1896), Vana Parva - in multivolume series: A prose English translation of the Mahabharata, Elysium Press, page 46-47; For a Google Books archive from Stanford University Library, see this There is extensive debate in the Epic Mahabharata
Mahabharata
about karma, free will and destiny across different chapters and books. Different characters in the Epic take sides, some claiming destiny is supreme, some claiming free will is. For a discussion, see: Daniel H. H. Ingalls, Dharma
Dharma
and Moksa, Philosophy East and West, Vol. 7, No. 1/2 (Apr. - Jul., 1957), pp. 44-45; Quote - "(...) In the Epic, free will has the upper hand. Only when a man's effort is frustrated or when he is overcome with grief does he become a predestinarian (believer in destiny)."; Quote - "This association of success with the doctrine of free will or human effort (purusakara) was felt so clearly that among the ways of bringing about a king's downfall is given the following simple advice: 'Belittle free will to him, and emphasize destiny.'" ( Mahabharata
Mahabharata
12.106.20)

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Karma
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