Life and the World in Buddhism

Buddhism is more than a religion and it is a philosophy that gains more and more recognition in different parts of the world, exceeding the borders of the country in which it was born. This website is all about what Buddhism as a philosophy is and what studying Buddhism encompasses but here people can also learn more information about this religion and philosophy and how its practitioners see the world and the life through its perspective. Read on and find out more about the two most important Buddhism concepts when it comes to life and the world, Karma and Rebirth.

Karma is perhaps one of the best known concepts in Buddhism and this is why it deserves being explained once again, even for those who are familiar with the term. Karma, or ‘action’ and ‘work’ in Sanskrit, is the force that in Buddhism is responsible for driving the cycle of suffering and rebirth for each being, samsara. According to the Karma concept, the actions that being undertake are divided into good deeds or kusala and unskillful deeds or akusala are able to produce ‘seeds’ the one’s mind and these seeds are expected to come to fruition in either the current life or another one after the rebirth. Avoiding bad or ‘unskillful’ actions and focusing on the contrary, positive actions, is called sila and it is a term derived from Sanskrit meaning ‘ethical conduct’. These seeds, formed as the result of the actions that people take, are expected to bring about consequences and this is what Karma is all about.

Another Buddhism concept placed at the center of this philosophy is rebirth, which implies the process in which beings go through different lifetimes, each of them starting with conception and ending with death. Unlike Hinduism or Christianity, Buddhism does not recognize the existence of a unique, unchanging and eternal soul.

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