Karma by Joseph Goldstein

Karma

Speakers: Joseph Goldstein
Recorded: 2007-10-23
Audio: Dharma Seed
Place: Insight Meditation Society – Retreat Center

KARMA



Exploring the meaning, importance and experience of karma in our everyday lives.

Karma means action, work, or deed. For the believers in spirituality the term also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect, often descriptively called the principle of karma, wherein intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect): Good intent and good deeds contribute to good karma and happier rebirths, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and bad rebirths.

For the believers, the concept of karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Indian religions (particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism), as well as Taoism. In these schools, karma in the present affects one’s future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives—one’s saṃsāra. This concept has also been adopted in Western popular culture, in which the events which happen after a person’s actions may be considered natural consequences.