Topics: Buddhism, Philosophical terminology, Natural law Pages: 3 (892 words) Published: April 16, 2013
Dapane Piyadassi
Jenney Carpenter
English Composition 101-04
12 February 2013
The word karma (kamma in Pali) means action or volition. Kamma is an impersonal natural law operates in accordance our actions. It is a law in itself and does not have any lawgiver. Kamma operates in its own field without the intervention of an external, independent, ruling agent (Dhammapada). For an example karma can be put in the simple language of the child. Do good things. Good will comes to them now or later. Do bad things come to them now or later? If the language in the harvest karma can explained this way, if someone sow good seeds they will reap good harvest. If someone sows bad seeds they will read bad harvest. In the language of science, kamma is explained the law of cause and the effect: every cause has an effect. There is another name law of moral causation. In the Dhammapada, kamma is explained in this matter: mind is the chief for all good and bad states. If someone speaks or act with a bright heart happiness follow them like a shadow that their shadow which never leaves. On other hand if someone speak or act with a corrupted heart then suffering follow them as a wheel of the cart, the track of the ox that pulls it. Simply kamma mean is action. Within animate organisms there is power also there is different names such as instinctive tendencies’ this innate tendency forces every conscious being to move. That moves mentally or physically. That motion is called action. When that action repetition it become habit. The habit becomes their character. In Buddhism, this process calls kamma. In its ultimate sense, kamma means good and bad, mental action or volition, “kamma is volition,” says the Buddha. The sad and happiness man experiences are the results of their own deeds, words and thoughts produce prosperity and failure, happiness and misery. Kamma does not mean only past actions. It embraces past and present deeds. The present is no doubt the offspring of the...
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