Do Buddhists believe in Karma?

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Karma is moral causation law. Karma theory is a crucial Buddhist doctrine. Despite Buddhists believing in Karma, the theory of Karma existed way before Buddhism. Afterwards, Buddha was the one who formulated and explained the doctrine completely.

It’s the one we currently use. It is either purely accidental or mankind inequality has effect on our actions. In accordance with Buddhism, the inequality is caused by Karma, that is, due to the consequence of present doings or past actions and environment and heredity. Buddhists usually like to shave their head. Humans are responsible for their misery and happiness.


Humans create their Hell and Heaven; they decide their fate, not a supreme being. Buddhists believe that whatever happens to someone is because he or she deserves it. Ordinary people can’t use their intellect to understand the reasons for those happenings; only spiritually gifted person can comprehend. The exact seen or unseen reason of the happenings, ought not be limited to present doings, but can be traced to proximate past birth.

A young knowledge seeker was perplexed by the state of the world in how different states of people existed; the wise and the ignorant, the high born and the low born, the rich and the poor, the powerful and the non-influential, the beautiful and the ugly, the diseased and the healthy, and the long-lived and the short-lived.

The Buddha gave a wise response by stating that all human beings have karma in
their own ways; their refuge, their kinsman, their congenital effect and their inheritance.

Karma gives disparities into human being states, either high or low states. Buddha gave an explanation of how the effect of the disparities based on the cause and effect law. Buddhists believe that Buddha inherited reproductive genes and cells from the parents just like every person. However, intellectually and morally they were insignificant compared to his Royal ancestor’s long line. Buddha belonged to the Aryan Buddhas, not Royal lineage.

In accordance with Sutta Lakkhana of Nikaya Digha , Buddha inherited special aspects, for example, due to the previous deeds, he got 30 major marks. Sutta explains clearly ethical reasons that lead to every physical feature. Uniquely, karmic tendencies affect parental genes and cells and physical organism.

He was a supreme being, an exquisite making of his karma. When comparing previous life
actions and hereditary parental genes and cells in both mental and physical characteristics formation, accumulated karma from previous actions plays a greater role. Abhidharma, a Buddhist, dealt with the issue of variations in human being by giving the explanation that there exist differences in Karma leading to disparities.

This means that our present temperamental, moral intellectual and mental differences are basically because of our tendencies and actions, both the present and past. Based on the Karma law in the Buddhist philosophy, Karma is not the only reason for variations among human beings but is just one of the established twenty-four conditions. Buddhism describes five processes or orders (niyama in Buddhist native language) that affect the mental and physical realms e.g. Citta Niyama, Karma Niyama.

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