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Karma - Cause and Effect

China yīn guǒ
Japan inga
Karma - Cause and Effect Vertical Wall Scroll

因果 is a label that is used inside and outside of the Buddhist faith to speak of Karma.

Along with the meaning of Karma, this word can be translated as "retribution" or "chain of cause and effect."


See Also:  Buddhism

Evil Cause, Evil Result

Meaning: You reap what you sow
Japan akuin akka
Evil Cause, Evil Result Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "Evil cause, evil effect" or "Bad causes bring bad results."

The English equivalent is probably, "Sow evil and reap evil" or more commonly, "You reap what you sow."

Note: 悪因悪果 is also considered to be a Buddhist phrase encompassing the idea of karmic retribution.

Everything Happens for a Reason

China wàn shì jiē yīn guǒ
Everything Happens for a Reason Vertical Wall Scroll

The first two characters mean "all things" or "everything."

The middle character kind of means, "in all cases."

The last two characters create a complex word that can be defined many ways such as, "karma," "cause and effect," "fate," "every cause has its effect, as every effect arises from a cause."

Keep in mind, Chinese grammar is a bit different than English, so trust me that this makes a natural proverb that means, "Everything happens for a reason" in Chinese.

Fate / Opportunity / Chance

Buddhist idea of Fate
China yīn yuán
Japan in nen
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll

因緣 is the Buddhist concept of a chance meeting or an opportunity that presents itself by fate.

Sometimes this is used to describe a cosmic chain of events or cause and effect.

It also is used to describe predestined relationships between people - and sometimes married couples (although if you want one about marriage, try this: Fate / Destiny of Lovers.

因緣 can also be translated as origin, karma, destiny, affinity, connection, and relation. This all depends on context - seen alone on a wall scroll, this will be read with a "fate / chance" meaning by a Chinese person, or a Korean person who can read Hanja.

The more complex definition of this word would be, "Direct causes and indirect conditions, which underlie the actions of all things."

This concept is known as nidana in the original Sanskrit. Also sometimes presented as hetupratyaya (or "hetu and prataya") which I believe is Pali.


Note: Japanese will tend to use this version of the second Kanji: 縁
If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, expect that you'll get this version. However, this word often carries a negative connotation in Japanese (bad things happen), as it is used that way in a certain Japanese idiom. Therefore, this may not be the best choice if Japanese is your target language.


See Also:  Buddhism | Opportunity

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

因果

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Mandarin yīn guǒ / yin1 guo3
Taiwan yin kuo
Japanese inga / いんが
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese karma; cause and effect
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) cause and effect; karma; fate
Cause and effect; every cause has its effect, as every effect arises from a cause; to cause and effect

因緣


因缘

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Mandarin yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2
Taiwan yin yüan
Japanese innen
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese chance; opportunity; predestined relationship; (Buddhist) principal and secondary causes; chain of cause and effect

自然

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Mandarin zì rán / zi4 ran2
Taiwan tzu jan
Japanese shizen / しぜん
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese nature; natural; naturally
Japanese (1) nature; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) natural; spontaneous; (adv,adv-to) (3) naturally; spontaneously; (female given name) Minori; (female given name) Mizuki; (female given name) Neito; (given name) Jinen; (surname, given name) Shizen; (female given name) Kokoro

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Japanese de / で Japanese (particle) (1) indicates location of action; at; in; (2) indicates time of action; (3) indicates means of action; cause of effect; by; (conjunction) (4) and then; so; (auxiliary) (5) indicates continuing action; (particle) (6) (ksb:) indicates certainty, emphasis, etc.

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Mandarin yīn / yin1
Taiwan yin
Japanese in / いん
Chinese cause; reason; because
Japanese (1) cause; factor; (2) {Buddh} (See 縁・えん・5) hetu (direct cause, esp. as opposed to indirect conditions); (3) (See 因明) the basis of one's argument (in hetuvidya); (personal name) Yukari; (surname, female given name) Chinami; (surname) In

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Mandarin yǒu / you3
Taiwan yu
Japanese yuu / yu / ゆう    u / う
Chinese to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
Japanese (1) existence; (n,n-pref) (2) possession; having; (3) (abbreviation) (See 有限会社) limited company; {Buddh} bhava (becoming, existence); (personal name) Yumi; (personal name) Yutaka; (female given name) Yuuri; (personal name) Yuumi; (given name) Yuushun; (given name) Yuu; (female given name) Nao; (surname, female given name) Tamotsu; (given name) Kuniaki; (female given name) Aru; (personal name) Arifuku; (surname) Arisaki; (surname, female given name) Ari; (female given name) Adzusa

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Mandarin guǒ / guo3
Taiwan kuo
Japanese ka / か
Chinese fruit; result; resolute; indeed; if really
Japanese (1) {Buddh} (See 因・2) phala (attained state, result); (2) {Buddh} (See 悟り・2) enlightenment (as the fruits of one's Buddhist practice); (3) (See 果物) fruit; (counter) (4) counter for pieces of fruit; (male given name) Minoru; (personal name) Hatarasu; (given name) Hatasu; (female given name) Konomi; (personal name) Kasumi; (surname) Ka; (personal name) Oshino; (personal name) Oshigi; (personal name) Oshiki

にて

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Japanese nite / にて Japanese (particle) (1) indicates location of action; at; in; (2) indicates time of action; (3) indicates means of action; cause of effect; by; (conjunction) (4) and then; so

了因

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Mandarin le yīn / le yin1
Taiwan le yin
Japanese ryōin

五果

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Mandarin wǔ guǒ / wu3 guo3
Taiwan wu kuo
Japanese goka / ごか
Japanese (1) five fruits (peach, Japanese plum, apricot, jujube, Japanese chestnut); (2) (Buddhist term) five types of effect in cause-and-effect relationships; (3) (Buddhist term) five effects of ignorance and formations on one's current life
The five fruits, or effects; there are various groups, e. g. I. (1) 異熟果 fruit ripening divergently, e. g. pleasure and goodness are in different categories; present organs accord in pain or pleasure with their past good or evil deeds; (2) 等流果 fruit of the same order, e. g. goodness reborn from previous goodness; (3) 土用果 present position and function fruit, the rewards of moral merit in previous lives; (4) 增上果 superior fruit, or position arising from previous earnest endeavor and superior capacity: (5) 離繋果 fruit of freedom from all bonds, nirvana fruit. II. Fruit, or rebirth: (1) 識 conception (viewed psychologically); (2) 名色 formation mental and physical; (3) 六處 the six organs of perception complete; (4) 觸 their birth and contact with the world; (5) 受 consciousness. III. Five orders of fruit, with stones, pips, shells (as nuts), chaff-like (as pine seeds), and with pods; fivefold aspects of cause and effect

五見


五见

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Mandarin wǔ jiàn / wu3 jian4
Taiwan wu chien
Japanese gomi / ごみ    itsumi / いつみ
Japanese (surname) Gomi; (personal name) Itsumi
The five wrong views: (1) 身見 satkāya-dṛṣṭi, i. e. 我見 and 我所見 the view that there is a real self, an ego, and a mine and thine: (2) 邊見 antar-grāha, extreme views. e. g. extinction or permanence; (3) 邪見 mithyā, perverse views, which, denying cause and effect, destroy the foundations of morality; (4) 見取見 dṛṣṭi-parāmarśa, stubborn perverted views, viewing inferior things as superior, or counting the worse as the better; (5) 戒禁取見 śīla-vrata-parāmarśa, rigid views in favour of rigorous ascetic prohibitions, e. g. covering oneself with ashes. Cf. 五利使; five views

五諦


五谛

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Mandarin wǔ dì / wu3 di4
Taiwan wu ti
Japanese gotai
The five axioms: (1) 因諦 the cause, which is described as 集諦 of the Four Noble Truths; (2) 果諦 the effect as 苦諦; (3) 智諦 or 能知諦 diagnosis as 道諦; (4) 境諦 or 所知諦 the end or cure as 滅諦; to these add (5) 勝諦 or 至諦, the supreme axiom, i. e. the 眞如; v. 四諦; five truths

交蘆


交芦

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Mandarin jiāo lú / jiao1 lu2
Taiwan chiao lu
Japanese kyōro
束蘆 A tripod of three rushes or canes— an illustration of the mutuality of cause and effect, each cane depending on the other at the point of intersection; bundle of rushes

人執


人执

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Mandarin rén zhí / ren2 zhi2
Taiwan jen chih
Japanese ninshū
The (false) tenet of a soul, or ego, or permanent individual, i.e. that the individual is real, the ego an independent unit and not a mere combination of the five skandhas produced by cause and in effect disintegrating; v. 我執; attachment to selfhood

元因

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Mandarin yuán yīn / yuan2 yin1
Taiwan yüan yin
Japanese gan'in
原因 The original or fundamental cause which produces phenomena, e. g. karma, reincarnation, etc.; every cause has its fruit or consequences. The idea of cause and effect is a necessary condition of antecedent and consequence; it includes such relations as interaction, correlation, interdependence, co-ordination based on an intrinsic necessity; original cause

八不

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Mandarin bā bù / ba1 bu4
Taiwan pa pu
Japanese hachifu

八諦


八谛

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Mandarin bā dì / ba1 di4
Taiwan pa ti
Japanese hachitai
The eight truths, postulates, or judgments of the 法相 Dharmalakṣana school, i.e. four common or mundane, and four of higher meaning. The first four are (1) common postulates on reality, considering the nominal as real, e.g. a pot; (2) common doctrinal postulates, e.g. the five skandhas; (3) abstract postulates, e.g. the four noble truths 四諦; and (4) temporal postulates in regard to the spiritual in the material. The second abstract or philosophical four are (5) postulates on constitution and function, e.g. of the skandhas; (6) on cause and effect, e.g. the 四諦; (7) on the void, the immaterial, or reality; and (8) on the pure inexpressible ultimate or absolute; eight noble truths

六因

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Mandarin liù yīn / liu4 yin1
Taiwan liu yin
Japanese rokuin
The six causations of the 六位 six stages of Bodhisattva development, q. v. Also, the sixfold division of causes of the Vaibhāṣikas (cf. Keith, 177-8); every phenomenon depends upon the union of 因 primary cause and 緣 conditional or environmental cause; and of the 因 there are six kinds: (1) 能作因 karaṇahetu, effective causes of two kinds: 與力因 empowering cause, as the earth empowers plant growth, and 不障因 non-resistant cause, as space does not resist, i. e. active and passive causes; (2) 倶有因 sahabhūhetu, co-operative causes, as the four elements 四大 in nature, not one of which can be omitted; (3) 同類因 sabhāgahetu, causes of the same kind as the effect, good producing good, etc.; (4) 相應因 saṃprayuktahetu, mutual responsive or associated causes, e. g. mind and mental conditions, subject with object; Keith gives 'faith and intelligence'; similar to (2); (5) 遍行因 sarvatragahetu, universal or omnipresent cause, i. e. of illusion, as of false views affecting every act; it resembles (3) but is confined to delusion; (6) 異熟因 vipākahetu, differental fruition, i. e. the effect different from the cause, as the hells are from evil deeds; six kinds of causes

十心

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Mandarin shí xīn / shi2 xin1
Taiwan shih hsin
Japanese jisshin
The ten kinds of heart or mind; there are three groups. One is from the 止觀 4, minds ignorant and dark; affected by evil companions; not following the good; doing evil in thought, word, deed; spreading evil abroad; unceasingly wicked; secret sin; open crime; utterly shameless; denying cause and effect (retribution)―all such must remain in the flow 流 of reincarnation. The second group (from the same book) is the 逆流 the mind striving against the stream of perpetual reincarnation; it shows itself in devout faith, shame (for sin), fear (of wrong-doing), repentance and confession, reform, bodhi (i.e. the bodhisattva mind), doing good, maintaining the right law, thinking on all the Buddhas, meditation on the void (or, the unreality of sin). The third is the 眞言 group from the 大日經疏 3; the "seed" heart (i.e. the original good desire), the sprout (under Buddhist religious influence), the bud, leaf, flower, fruit, its serviceableness; the child-heart, the discriminating heart, the heart of settled judgment (or resolve); ten kinds of mind

善因

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Mandarin shàn yīn / shan4 yin1
Taiwan shan yin
Japanese zenin / ぜんいん
Japanese {Buddh} (ant: 悪因) good cause (that will bring a good reward); good deed

囘向


回向

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Mandarin huí xiàng / hui2 xiang4
Taiwan hui hsiang
Japanese ekō
迴向 pariṇāmanā. To turn towards; to turn something from one person or thing to another; transference of merit); the term is intp. by 轉趣 turn towards; it is used for works of supererogation, or rather, it means the bestowing on another, or others, of merits acquired by oneself, especially the merits acquired by a bodhisattva or Buddha for the salvation of all, e. g. the bestowing of his merits by Amitābha on all the living. There are other kinds, such as the turning of acquired merit to attain further progress in bodhi, or nirvana. 囘事向理 to turn (from) practice to theory; 囘自向他 to turn from oneself to another; 囘因向果 To turn from cause to effect. 囘世而向出世 to turn from this world to what is beyond this world, from the worldly to the unworldly; dedication of merit

四執


四执

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Mandarin sì zhí / si4 zhi2
Taiwan ssu chih
Japanese shishū
The four erroneous tenets; also 四邪; 四迷; 四術; there are two groups: I. The four of the 外道 outsiders, or non-Buddhists, i. e. of Brahminism, concerning the law of cause and effect: (1) 邪因邪果 heretical theory of causation, e. g. creation by Mahesvara; (2) 無因有果 or 自然, effect independent of cause, e. g. creation without a cause, or spontaneous generation; (3) 有因無果 cause without effect, e. g. no future life as the result of this. (4) 無因無果 neither cause nor effect, e. g. that rewards and punishments are independent of morals. II. The four erroneous tenets of 內外道 insiders and outsiders, Buddhist and Brahman, also styled 四宗 the four schools, as negated in the 中論 Mādhyamika śāstra: (1) outsiders, who do not accept either the 人 ren or 法 fa ideas of 空 kong; (2) insiders who hold the Abhidharma or Sarvāstivādāḥ tenet, which recognizes 人空 human impersonality, but not 法空 the unreality of things; (3) also those who hold the 成實 Satyasiddhi tenet which discriminates the two meanings of 空 kong but not clearly; and also (4) those in Mahāyāna who hold the tenet of the realists; four mistaken attachments

因分

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Mandarin yīn fēn / yin1 fen1
Taiwan yin fen
Japanese inbun
Cause, as contrasted with effect 果分; causal portion

如來


如来

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Mandarin rú lái / ru2 lai2
Taiwan ju lai
Japanese nyorai / にょらい
Chinese tathagata (Buddha's name for himself, having many layers of meaning - Sanskrit: thus gone, having been Brahman, gone to the absolute etc)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) Tathagata; perfected one (suffix of high-ranking Buddhist deities)

對法


对法

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Mandarin duì fǎ / dui4 fa3
Taiwan tui fa
Japanese taihō
The corresponding law, the philosophy in the Buddha's teaching, the Abhidharma; comparison of cause and effect; concerning the dharma

忍智

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Mandarin rěn zhì / ren3 zhi4
Taiwan jen chih
Japanese ninchi

斷滅


断灭

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Mandarin duàn miè / duan4 mie4
Taiwan tuan mieh
Japanese danmetsu
Chinese annihilation (of soul, Sanskrit uccheda)
The heterodox teaching which denies the law of cause and effect, i.e. of karma; to eradicate

業天


业天

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Mandarin yè tiān / ye4 tian1
Taiwan yeh t`ien / yeh tien
Japanese gyouten / gyoten / ぎょうてん
Japanese (surname) Gyouten
The karma of heaven, i.e. the natural inevitable law of cause and effect; karmic heaven

涅槃

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Mandarin niè pán / nie4 pan2
Taiwan nieh p`an / nieh pan
Japanese nehan / ねはん
Chinese nirvana (Buddhism)
Japanese (1) {Buddh} Nirvana; supreme enlightenment; (2) {Buddh} death; death of Buddha

理事

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Mandarin lǐ shì / li3 shi4
Taiwan li shih
Japanese riji / りじ
Chinese member of council
Japanese director; trustee
Noumena and phenomena, principle and practice, absolute and relative, real and empirical, cause and effect, fundamental essence and external activity, potential and actual; e.g. store and distribution, ocean and wave, static and kinetic; principle and phenomena

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Karma - Cause and Effect因果ingayīn guǒ / yin1 guo3 / yin guo / yinguoyin kuo / yinkuo
Evil Cause, Evil Result悪因悪果akuin akka / akuinakka / akuin aka / akuinaka
Everything Happens for a Reason萬事皆因果
万事皆因果
wàn shì jiē yīn guǒ
wan4 shi4 jie1 yin1 guo3
wan shi jie yin guo
wanshijieyinguo
wan shih chieh yin kuo
wanshihchiehyinkuo
Fate
Opportunity
Chance
因緣
因缘 / 因縁
in nen / innenyīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuanyin yüan / yinyüan
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