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What is Karma/Kamma?
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What is Karma/Kamma?

 

"Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect." — AN 6.63 (cited from www.accesstoinsight.org)

Karma, or Kamma, is the belief of cause and effect in life. Often Karma is referenced when someone who does something bad, it is believed that something bad will occur back to them in this life; like a punishment. This is not true. The cause and effect cycle can pertain to both good and bad intents/actions. If a person is to doing something good in this life, no matter how big or small, good will come back to them in some form. It may not be in this life time, or even the next, but they will see good again. The same goes for ill intent, hatred and evil. If a person holds on to the poison of hatred or evil intent, they will see evil again. 
 
I often ask our teacher, do things always have a cause? Can things just happen? He answers nothing happens without cause. Everything in life is a cycle of cause and effect, it may not have been a cause today, or even last week, but everything is effected by the past. Some people interpret this literally. For example, if I steal from someone, someone will eventually steal from me. This is not that case. If I steal from someone it is because I have allowed my mind to feel greed. That greed will show itself back to me at some point. I may be negatively affected by the greed of loved ones, or my health could be affected by the greed of my environment, etc. 
 

"When this is, that is. From the arising of this comes the arising of that. When this isn't, that isn't. From the stopping of this comes the stopping of that." — AN 10.92 (cited from www.accesstoinsight.org)

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