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1. Title Title of document More about Karma, and Its Social Context - What the Buddha Thought
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Richard Gombrich; Oxford University; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Buddhist Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Buddhism; history; Buddha; doctrines
5. Subject Subject classification BQ1-9800 Buddhism; BQ860-939 Gautama Buddha
6. Description Abstract 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.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Aug-2009
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.19098
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; What the Buddha Thought
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) global
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd