What is Karma in Buddhism?
is the Third Noble Truth?
third truth is that suffering can be overcome and
happiness can be attained; that true happiness and
contentment are possible. lf we give up useless craving
and learn to live each day at a time (not dwelling in
the past or the imagined future) then we can become
happy and free. We then have more time and energy to
help others. This is Nirvana.
is the Fourth Noble Truth?
fourth truth is that the Noble 8-fold Path is the path
which leads to the end of suffering.
? What is
Karma is the law that every cause has an effect, i.e.,
our actions have results. This simple law explains a
number of things: inequality in the world, why some are
born handicapped and some gifted, why some live only a
short life. Karma underlines the importance of all
individuals being responsible for their past and present
actions. How can we test the karmic effect of our
actions? The answer is summed up by looking at (1) the
intention behind the action, (2) effects of the action
on oneself, and (3) the effects on others.
Buddhism teaches that wisdom should be developed with
compassion. At one extreme, you could be a goodhearted
fool and at the other extreme, you could attain
knowledge without any emotion. Buddhism uses the middle
path to develop both. The highest wisdom is seeing that
in reality, all phenomena are incomplete, impermanent
and do no constitute a fixed entity. True wisdom is not
simply believing what we are told but instead
experiencing and understanding truth and reality. Wisdom
requires an open, objective, unbigoted mind. The
Buddhist path requires courage, patience, flexibility
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includes qualities of sharing, readiness to give
comfort, sympathy, concern, caring. In Buddhism, we can
really understand others, when we can really understand
ourselves, through wisdom.