Karma and Rebirth in Buddhism

Buddhism Karma and Rebirth
Encyclopedia of Buddhism by Subodh Gupta

Karma refers to the law of cause and effect, which states that every action has consequences that determine the nature of one’s future experiences.

The law of karma operates on the principle that actions that are motivated by wholesome intentions will lead to positive consequences, while actions motivated by unwholesome intentions will lead to negative consequences.

Four Noble Truths

The concept of rebirth is the belief that the consciousness of an individual can be reborn into a new physical body after death.

The law of karma determines the conditions of one’s future life, including the type of physical body one will be reborn into and the circumstances of one’s life.

The cycle of rebirth continues until an individual attains enlightenment, at which point the cycle is broken and suffering is permanently ended.

The eightfold path of buddhism

The importance of cultivating mindfulness and moral conduct is a must in order to create positive karma and move toward the end of suffering.

Through the practice of Vipassana meditation, individuals can gain insight into the true nature of reality and the causes of suffering, and ultimately break the cycle of rebirth and achieve enlightenment.

New Encyclopedia of Buddhism

Vipassana meditation is a traditional Buddhist meditation practice that focuses on developing insight into the true nature of reality.