Karma. What is Karma ? . Karma is found within many forms of Indian religion including Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. In Sanskrit karma (Pali: kamma ) means ‘action’. It is linked to systems of cause and effect, as well as being a key factor in rebirth.
“It is ‘intention’ that I call kamma; having willed or formed the intention, one performs acts by the body, speech and mind.”
Translation from Rupert Gethin, Foundations of Buddhism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), p. 120.
(Full text of the Nibbedhika Sutta can be found here)
In later Buddhist Literature we find reference a list of 10 meritorious deeds (Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha25) :
Translation from NaradaMahathera,A Manual of Abhidhamma, (Bangalore: Power Press 1956), vol. I p 241.
Dilemma: If Buddhism does not propagate a soul or self, how is karma meant to get carried over from one existence to the next?