What the Buddha Thought - Richard Gombrich

What the Buddha Thought - Richard Gombrich

More about Karma, and Its Social Context

What the Buddha Thought - Richard Gombrich

Richard Gombrich
Oxford University

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For the Buddha, the idea of karma is inextricably connected with the idea of rebirth. He saw karma, intentional action, as a matter of cause and effect. Good karma would bring good effects for the doer, bad karma bad effects. It would not be right to call these rewards and punishments, because there is no rewarder or punisher. The effects are produced, rather, by a law of nature, analogous for us to a law of physics. For the Buddha and others in ancient India, however, the model was agriculture. One sows a seed, there is a time lag during which some mysterious invisible process takes place, and then the plant pops up and can be harvested. The result of an intentional act is in fact normally referred to as its ëfruití. The time between the act and its fruit is unpredictable.

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Gombrich, Richard. More about Karma, and Its Social Context. What the Buddha Thought. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 19 - 28 Aug 2009. ISBN 9781845536145. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19098. Date accessed: 07 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19098. Aug 2009

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