Definition of karma in English:

karma

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Pronunciation /ˈkärmə/ /ˈkɑrmə/

noun

  • 1(in Hinduism and Buddhism) the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.

    ‘They accept the religion's basic concepts of dharma, samsara, karma, and ahimsa.’
    • ‘Three important concepts within Hinduism are dharma, karma, and reincarnation.’
    • ‘In other words, he was preaching karma, samsara and moksha.’
    • ‘For example, most people would say that one of the key teachings in Buddhism is karma.’
    • ‘Our mental and physical deeds, both positive and negative, accumulate in what Buddhists call karma.’
    • ‘As noted previously, karma and rebirth are among the elements of Buddhism that Mr. Batchelor questions.’
    • ‘In between, souls seek to fulfil their dharma while resolving karma and accruing merit through good deeds.’
    • ‘Worst case scenario, I come back with a cold and am still left with the daunting task of undoing all my bad karma with good karma.’
    • ‘As he says, In the standard Hindu view one's birth in a particular caste is determined by one's karma in a previous life.’
    • ‘T'hrinlay Wangmo consciously used this experience as a vehicle to exhaust her own previous negative karma.’
    • ‘But with karma, at some future point, everyone will still have to pay for their mistakes.’
    • ‘Likewise, if you understand your form, you can understand your past and future karma.’
    • ‘That same entity will later enter a new body bringing with it the karma of past lives, which includes actions themselves as well as the ethical ramifications of such.’
    fate, destiny, fortune, providence, the stars, God's will, what is written in the stars, one's doom, one's portion, one's lot, one's lot in life, karma, predestination, preordination, predetermination, what is to come, the writing on the wall
    1. 1.1informal Destiny or fate, following as effect from cause.
      • ‘I'm convinced now that the universe is out to get me, that somewhere karma, fate and destiny are somewhere playing cards while they laugh at my expense.’
      • ‘To those who understand the effects that karma has on our lives it may also be a teacher, with a lesson plan on patience, confidence, self-reliance, restraint, and power.’
      • ‘Many spiritual paths have teachings regarding the free will of others and the effects of karma.’
      • ‘In such a way, from a source of national pride, malandragem, samba, and syncopations would turn into a damnation, an unbreakable fate or an inescapable karma.’
      • ‘Tim also uses the book to provide insights into Indian society; he brings up ideas of karma and destiny, and the traditions, superstitions and beliefs that are so much part of Indian life.’
      • ‘Most girls simply accept their karma - destiny - after a few years.’
      • ‘When we pay attention to what we are experiencing now, through awareness, we are able to determine our future karma by making it take a different course.’
      fortune, fate, destiny, lot, stars, what is written in the stars, karma, kismet

Origin

From Sanskrit karman ‘action, effect, fate’.

Pronunciation

karma

/ˈkärmə/ /ˈkɑrmə/