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Johannes Bronkhorst


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 subcontinent as is the word “karma” itself. This book presents karma in its historical, cultural, and religious context. Initially, karma manifested itself in a number of religious movements—most notably Jainism and Buddhism—and was subsequently absorbed into Brahmanism in spite of opposition until the end of the first millennium C.E. Philosophers of all three traditions were confronted with the chal ... More

Keywords: karma, rebirth, karmic retribution, human destiny, India, religion, Jainism, Buddhism, Brahmanism, merit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835705
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835705.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johannes Bronkhorst, author
University of Lausanne