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Origin of the Kamma/Karma teching
As you might now, the so called Dharmic Religions, that`s Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism share some same or similar doctrines. One of them happens to be kamma.
I personally believe there is much confusion out there what kamma means, obviously, the notions of it in the dharmic Religions differ. In Buddhism, I think kamma is clearly not the infamous "cause and effect" simplification, but is the cause, never the effect. I copied the following from Wikipedia:
In Buddhism, karma (Pāli kamma) is strictly distinguished from vipāka ("fruit" or "result"). Karma is categorized within the group or groups of cause (Pāli hetu) in the chain of cause and effect, where it consists of the elements volitional activities (Pali sankhara) and action (Pali bhava).
As evidence for this assertion, post the following (A.VI. 63)
"O! Bhikkhu monks, it is volition - cetana that I call Kamma, -cetanaham bhikkhave kammam vadami, having willed one acts through body - kaya kamma, speech - vaci kamma, or mind - mano kamma. "
Does this conform with your view of kamma? Or do you think that you will ripe exactly the same what you did in the past? If, why so? Is it your opinion, were you taught this, or do you have evidence in buddhist scriptures?
Further, I`d like to know to whom the origin of the karma doctrine is usually attributed. I read that not the brahamins, but an unknown householder first came up with it, and it is not possible to determine of which particular sect the idea originated.