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  • This is the idea that actions have consequences
  • The consequence could be brought in this life or in the context of rebirth
  • There are two types of karma
    • kusala- good karma, skilful actions
    • akusala- bad karma, unskilful
  • Karma does not mean the result of an action, this is known as karma phala or the fruits of karma
  • Karma is linkened to a seed, an action is like a seed in that a seed will sooner or later produce fruits which are determined by the nature of the doer's action
  • In Brahmanism, karma has prescribed values which generated a certain quantity of merit, irrespective of the individuals state of mind
  • The Buddha taught that the intention or volition tha tmotivates an action is most important, any overt physical behaviour is secondary
  • Kamma chanda (bad intention) is selfish and motivated by lustful desire
  • Dhamma chanda (good intention) describes something with compassion and wisdom for the good of all
  • The Buddha said 'having willed, one acts through body, speech and mind'
  • The law of karma doesn't apply to animals, babies or…


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