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Religion and Theology
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Karma and rebirth are integral concepts in the Buddhist tradition which defines and invaluably determines the conduct of people. These notions generally entail a consequence that results as a consequence of one’s actions and manifests at a future time or successively within one’s present life.
Buddha then offered to heal her child only if she is able to bring a mustard seed given by a family who has not experienced death. Kisogatami searched and was able to find families willing to provide her with the mustard seed but to her dismay each one had experienced death at one point. In the end, Kisogatami understood that death comes to all and she finally accepted the fact of her baby’s death (Matthews, p.115). The idea of death in Buddhism, much like in every other religion, is an acceptable and inevitable part of human life. But where death is usually the end of a life’s cycle in others, the concept of rebirth is a reoccurring process until one reaches Nirvana which is essentially “the state of being free of egocentrism and the suffering that it causes. Positively, it is joy and peace” (ibid). Karmic destiny is understood to be an invisible force to which certain events and something that even moral justice is not included as opined by some since some Buddhists regard this as the causation of suffering brought about not by their doing and beyond any person’s control. Weber (as cited by Keyes and Daniel, p.15) cannot “be a logical solution to theodicy, since it points to an ultimate force that cannot be comprehended in logical terms.” Cause and effect best describes the notion of karma and how it affects the life of an individual. ...
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