Karma in Buddhism

action driven by intention which leads to future consequences

In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to intentional (cetanā) action. Those intentions are considered to be the determining factor in samsara, the cycle of rebirth.

Tibetan Bhavacakra or "Wheel of Life" in Sera, Lhasa.

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  • 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.
    • Rupert Gethin, The Foundations of Buddhism, Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition, 1998, p. 119.
  • At 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.’
    • Rupert Gethin, The Foundations of Buddhism, Oxford University Press. Kindle Edition, 1998, p. 119.

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