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Karma (; IPA: [ˈkərmə]; Pali: kamma{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) means action, work or deed;<ref>See:

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, New York, pp 679-680, Article on Karma; Quote - "Karma meaning deed or action; in addition, it also has philosophical and technical meaning, denoting a person's deeds as determining his future lot."
  • The Encyclopedia of World Religions, Robert Ellwood & Gregory Alles, ISBN 978-0-8160-6141-9, pp 253; Quote - "Karma: Sanskrit word meaning action and the consequences of action."
  • Hans Torwesten (1994), Vedanta: Heart of Hinduism, ISBN 978-0802132628, Grove Press New York, pp 97; Quote - "In the Vedas the word karma (work, deed or action, and its resulting effect) referred mainly to..."</ref> it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).<ref>Karma Encyclopedia Britannica (2012)</ref> Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.<ref name=halbfass2000/><ref>Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte B. Becker, Encyclopedia of Ethics, 2nd Edition, ISBN 0-415-93672-1, Hindu Ethics, pp 678</ref> Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in some schools of Asian religions.<ref name=jamesloch/> In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - or, one's saṃsāra.<ref name=jbowker/>

With origins in ancient India, it is a key concept in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> and Taoism.<ref name=evawong>Eva Wong, Taoism, Shambhala Publications, ISBN 978-1590308820, pp. 193</ref>


Karma sections
Intro  Etymology  Definition and meanings  History  Discussion   Eastern interpretations   Other interpretations  Karma and emotions  See also  Notes  References  Sources  External links  

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