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Karma and Philosophy

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines how the Indian philosophical tradition, in its various manifestations, dealt with questions relating to rebirth and karmic retribution. The philosophical systems of classical ... More


Concluding Comments

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This book concludes with a discussion of the scheme of rebirth and karmic retribution in India. It first looks at developments outside the Indian subcontinent, focusing on the belief in reincarnation ... More


Karma in and after Greater Magadha

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines karma in and after Greater Magadha, the region east of the Vedic homeland, that is, east of the confluence of the Ganges and the Jumna, in the eastern Ganges plain. Magadha was ... More


Karma in Brahmanism

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines karma according to Brahmanism. One of the most central claims of Brahmanism is that there is a hierarchical order of human beings. There is a fundamental division into four ... More


Slicing, Burning, and Blood Writing: Karmic Transformations of Bodies

Beverley Foulks McGuire

in Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168021
eISBN:
9780231537773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168021.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores various types of bodily practices that Ouyi Zhixu engages in, including “filial slicing” to heal ailing relatives, burning his head and arms, and writing texts in his blood. His ... More


Origins and Religious Use

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the origins and religious use of the belief in karma—that is, belief in rebirth and karmic retribution. It begins with a historical presentation of a number of early religious ... More


Transfer of Merit

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines a variant of karma: the notion of gaining merit through transfer and of incurring demerit. The belief in transferring merit to deceased ancestors may have absorbed elements from ... More


Competitors of Karma

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines concepts that oppose the notion of karma. The importance of karma is emphasized in texts belonging to both Brahmanism and Buddhism, including the Padma Purana and the Buddhist ... More


Devotion

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines devotion to God as a means to circumvent karmic retribution. The concept of God as the servant of karmic retribution was ambiguous. Some believe that God did not recompense acts ... More


Karma

Johannes Bronkhorst

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Karma has become a household word in the modern world, where it is associated with the belief in rebirth determined by one's deeds in earlier lives. This belief was and is widespread in the Indian ... More


From One Life to the Next

Johannes Bronkhorst

in Karma

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835705
eISBN:
9780824870256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter examines the mental state at the precise moment of death according to Jainism, Buddhism, and the Brahmanical tradition. The mental state at the precise moment of death is widely believed ... More


Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836023
eISBN:
9780824869601
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836023.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

In early medieval China hundreds of Buddhist miracle texts were circulated, inaugurating a trend that would continue for centuries. Each tale recounted extraordinary events involving Chinese persons ... More


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