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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

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Mandarin xìn / xin4
Taiwan hsin
Japanese shin / しん
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese letter; mail; CL:封[feng1]; to trust; to believe; to profess faith in; truthful; confidence; trust; at will; at random
Japanese (adv,n) (1) honesty; fidelity; (2) trust; reliance; (3) (religious) faith; (counter) (4) counter for received messages; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Michi; (female given name) Makoto; (personal name) Noburu; (personal name) Nobutsugu; (surname) Nobutaka; (personal name) Nobuji; (surname) Nobusaki; (personal name) Nobukatsu; (female given name) Nobu; (personal name) Shinji; (surname, female given name) Shin; (female given name) Shino; (female given name) Akira
śraddhā. Faith; to believe; belief; faith regarded as the faculty of the mind which sees, appropriates, and trusts the things of religion; it joyfully trusts in the Buddha, in the pure virtue of the triratna and earthly and transcendental goodness; it is the cause of the pure life, and the solvent of doubt. Two forms are mentioned: (1) adhimukti, intuition, tr. by self-assured enlightenment. (2) śraddhā, faith through hearing or being taught. For the Awakening of Faith, Śraddhotpāda, v. 起信論.

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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Japanese ryoku / りょく    riki / りき    chikara / ちから
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese power; force; strength; ability; strenuously; surname Li
Japanese (suffix) strength; power; proficiency; ability; (1) strength; power; proficiency; ability; (suffix noun) (2) (after a number of people) the strength of ... people; the strength of ... men; (1) force; strength; might; vigour (vigor); energy; (2) capability; ability; proficiency; capacity; faculty; (3) efficacy; effect; (4) effort; endeavours (endeavors); exertions; (5) power; authority; influence; good offices; agency; (6) (See 力になる) support; help; aid; assistance; (7) stress; emphasis; (8) means; resources; (given name) Riki; (given name) Teiriki; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (given name) Tsutome; (male given name) Tsutomu; (surname, female given name) Chikara; (surname) Takariki; (given name) Isamu; (given name) Isao
bala; power, strength, of which there are several categories: 二力 power of choice and of practice; 三力 the power of Buddha; of meditation (samādhi) and of practice. 五力 pañcabala, the five powers of faith, zeal, memory (or remembering), meditation, and wisdom. 六力 A child's power is in crying; a woman's in resentment; a king's in domineering; an arhat's in zeal (or progress); a Buddha's in mercy; and a bhikṣu's in endurance (of despite) . 十力 q.v. The ten powers of Buddhas and bodhisattvas.


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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese dou / do / どう
Chinese (of something) to move; to set in movement; to displace; to touch; to make use of; to stir (emotions); to alter; abbr. for 動詞|动词[dong4 ci2], verb
Japanese motion; change; confusion; (female given name) Yurugi
Move, stir, motion, mutable; movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.

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Mandarin/ bo2
Taiwan po
Japanese haku(p);baku / はく(P);ばく
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese extensive; ample; rich; obtain; aim; to win; to get; plentiful; to gamble
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) doctor; PhD; (2) exposition; fair; exhibition; (given name) Hiromu; (personal name) Hiroto; (personal name) Hirotsugu; (male given name) Hiroshi; (surname, given name) Hiro; (given name) Haku; (personal name) Tooru
Wide, universal; widely read, versed in; to cause; gamble; barter; encyclopedic

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Mandarin mìng / ming4
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me / めい    inochi / いのち
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese life; fate; order or command; to assign a name, title etc
Japanese (1) command; decree; (2) life; (3) destiny; (1) (sometimes written as 生命) (See 生命) life; life force; (2) lifetime; lifespan; (3) most important thing; foundation; core; (4) (archaism) paired tattoos of the "life" kanji on the upper arms of a man and woman (indicating unwavering love); (5) (archaism) fate; destiny; karma; (female given name) Mei; (female given name) Mikoto; (given name) Makoto; (surname, female given name) Inochi; (given name) Akira
jīvita . Life, vital, length of life, fate, decree.


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Mandarin/ ye4
Taiwan yeh
Japanese waza / わざ    gou / go / ごう    gyou / gyo / ぎょう
Chinese line of business; industry; occupation; job; employment; school studies; enterprise; property; (Buddhism) karma; deed; to engage in; already; surname Ye
Japanese deed; act; work; performance; {Buddh} (See 果報) karma (i.e. actions committed in a former life); (n,suf) (1) work; business; company; agency; (2) study; (personal name) Hajime; (surname) Gyou
karman, karma, "action, work, deed"; "moral duty"; "product, result, effect." M.W. The doctrine of the act; deeds and their effects on the character, especially in their relation to succeeding forms of transmigration. The 三業 are thought, word, and deed, each as good, bad, or indifferent. Karma from former lives is 宿業, from present conduct 現業. Karma is moral action that causes future retribution, and either good or evil transmigration. It is also that moral kernel in which each being survives death for further rebirth or metempsychosis. There are categories of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 10; the 六業 are rebirth in the hells, or as animals, hungry ghosts, men, devas, or asuras: v. 六趣.

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Mandarin liè / lie4
Taiwan lieh
Japanese retsu / れつ    tsuyoshi / つよし    tadashi / ただし    takeshi / たけし    isao / いさお    akira / あきら
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ardent; intense; fierce; stern; upright; to give one's life for a noble cause; exploits; achievements
Japanese (female given name) Retsu; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takeshi; (female given name) Isao; (given name) Akira
Burning, fierce; virtuous, heroic.

世界

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Mandarin shì jiè / shi4 jie4
Taiwan shih chieh
Japanese sekai / せかい
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese world; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) the world; society; the universe; (2) sphere; circle; world; (can be adjective with の) (3) renowned; world-famous; well-known outside of Japan; (4) {Buddh} (original meaning) realm governed by one Buddha; space; (surname, female given name) Sekai
Loka 世間; the finite world, the world, a world, which is of two kinds: (1) 衆生世界 that of the living, who are receiving their 正報 correct recompense or karma; (2) 器世界 that of the material, or that on which karma depends for expression. By the living is meant 有情 the sentient.

公案

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Mandarin gōng àn / gong1 an4
Taiwan kung an
Japanese kouan / koan / こうあん
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese judge's desk; complex legal case; contentious issue; koan (Zen Buddhism)
Japanese Zen question for meditation (e.g. the sound of one hand clapping); koan
J. kōan; 因緣 A dossier, or case-record; a cause; public laws, regulations; case-law. Problems set by Zen masters, upon which thought is concentrated as a means to attain inner unity and illumination; public case

四諦


四谛

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Mandarin sì dì / si4 di4
Taiwan ssu ti
Japanese shitai / したい
Chinese the Four Noble Truths (Budd.), covered by the acronym 苦集滅道: all life is suffering 苦, the cause of suffering is desire 集, emancipation comes only by eliminating passions 滅|灭, the way 道 to emancipation is the Eight-fold Noble Way 八正道
Japanese {Buddh} (See 苦集滅道) The Four Noble Truths (of Buddhism)
catvāri-ārya-satyāni; 四聖諦; 四眞諦. The four dogmas, or noble truths, the primary and fundamental doctrines of Śākyamuni, said to approximate to the form of medical diagnosis. They are pain or 'suffering, its cause, its ending, the way thereto; that existence is suffering, that human passion (taṇhā, 欲 desire) is the cause of continued suffering, that by the destruction of human passion existence may be brought to an end; that by a life of holiness the destruction of human passion may be attained'. Childers. The four are 苦, 聚 (or 集), 滅, and 道諦, i. e. duḥkha 豆佉, samudaya 三牟提耶, nirodha 尼棲陀, and mārga 末加. Eitel interprets them (1) 'that 'misery' is a necessary attribute of sentient existence'; (2) that 'the 'accumulation' of misery is caused by the passions'; (3) that 'the 'extinction' of passion is possible; (4) mārga is 'the doctrine of the 'path' that leads to the extinction of passion'. (1) 苦 suffering is the lot of the 六趣 six states of existence; (2) 集 is the aggregation (or exacerbation) of suffering by reason of the passions; (3) 滅 is nirvana, the extinction of desire and its consequences, and the leaving of the sufferings of mortality as void and extinct; (4) 道 is the way of such extinction, i. e. the 八正道 eightfold correct way. The first two are considered to be related to this life, the last two to 出世間 a life outside or apart from the world. The four are described as the fundamental doctrines first preached to his five former ascetic companions. Those who accepted these truths were in the stage of śrāvaka. There is much dispute as to the meaning of 滅 'extinction' as to whether it means extinction of suffering, of passion, or of existence. The Nirvana Sutra 18 says that whoever accepts the four dogmas will put an end to births and deaths 若能見四諦則得斷生死 which does not of necessity mean the termination of existence but that of continued transmigration. v. 滅.

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
Chinese chance; opportunity; predestined relationship; (Buddhist) principal and secondary causes; chain of cause and effect
hetupratyaya. Cause; causes; 因 hetu, is primary cause, 緣 pratyaya, secondary cause, or causes, e. g. a seed is 因, rain, dew, farmer, etc., are 緣. The 十二因緣 twelve nidānas or links are 'the concatenation of cause and effect in the whole range of existence'.

宿業


宿业

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Mandarin sù yè / su4 ye4
Taiwan su yeh
Japanese shukugou / shukugo / しゅくごう
Japanese {Buddh} karma
Former karma, the karma of previous existence; past karma

有緣


有缘

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Mandarin yǒu yuán / you3 yuan2
Taiwan yu yüan
Japanese uen
Chinese related; brought together by fate
Those who have the cause, link, or connection, i. e. are influenced by and responsive to the Buddha; possessing the objects of consciousness

業影


业影

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Mandarin yè yǐng / ye4 ying3
Taiwan yeh ying
Japanese gōyō
Karma-shadow, karma dogging one's steps like a shadow; karmic shadow

業輪


业轮

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Mandarin yè lún / ye4 lun2
Taiwan yeh lun
Japanese gōrin
The wheel of karma which turns men into the six paths of transmigration.

正命

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Mandarin zhèng mìng / zheng4 ming4
Taiwan cheng ming
Japanese shoumyou / shomyo / しょうみょう
Japanese {Buddh} (See 八正道) right livelihood
samyagājīva, the fifth of the 八正道, right livelihood, right life; 'abstaining from any of the forbidden modes of living. ' 正因 The true or direct cause, as compared with 緣因 a contributory cause.

自愛


自爱

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Mandarin zì ài / zi4 ai4
Taiwan tzu ai
Japanese jiai / じあい
Chinese self-respect; self-love; self-regard; regard for oneself; to cherish one's good name; to take good care of one's health
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) taking care of oneself (esp. used as an epistolary imperative); (2) self-love
Self-love, cause of all pursuit or seeking, which in turn causes all suffering. All Buddhas put away self-love and all pursuit, or seeking, such elimination being nirvāṇa.

自然

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Mandarin ran  / ran2 
Taiwan ran 
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
svayaṃbhū, also 自爾; 法爾 self-existing, the self-existent; Brahmā, Viṣṇu, and others; in Chinese it is 'self-so', so of itself, natural, of course, spontaneous. It also means uncaused existence, certain sects of heretics 自然外道 denying Buddhist cause and effect and holding that things happen spontaneously.

関係

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Japanese kankei / kanke / かんけい
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) relation; relationship; connection; (2) participation; involvement; concern; (3) influence; effect; (noun/participle) (4) sexual relations; sexual relationship; (suffix noun) (5) related to ...; connected to ...; (surname) Riezon

集諦


集谛

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Mandarin jí dì / ji2 di4
Taiwan chi ti
Japanese jittai
samudaya, the second of the four dogmas, that the cause of suffering lies in the passions and their resultant karma. The Chinese 集 'accumulation' does not correctly translate samudaya, which means 'origination'; [noble] truth of the arising of suffering

生きる

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Japanese ikiru / いきる
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (v1,vi) (1) to live; to exist; (2) to make a living; to subsist; (3) to be in effect; to be in use; to function; (4) to come to life; to be enlivened; (5) to be safe (in baseball, go, etc.)

一致団結

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Japanese icchidanketsu / いっちだんけつ
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) solidarity; banding together and working as one for a common cause

見義勇為

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Mandarin jiàn yì yǒng wéi / jian4 yi4 yong3 wei2
Taiwan chien i yung wei
Chinese to see what is right and act courageously (idiom, from Analects); to stand up bravely for the truth; acting heroically in a just cause

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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/ fu4
Taiwan fu
Japanese zuke / づけ
Chinese to pay; to hand over to; classifier for pairs or sets of things; surname Fu
Japanese (suffix noun) dated (e.g. a letter); date of effect (e.g. a rule change); (surname) Fu; (surname) Hamatsuke
To deliver, hand over to, hand down; to attach

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Mandarin lìng / ling4
Taiwan ling
Japanese rei / re / れい    ryou / ryo / りょう
Chinese to order; to command; an order; warrant; writ; to cause; to make something happen; virtuous; honorific title; season; government position (old); classifier for a ream of paper; see 脊令[ji2 ling2]; see 令狐[Ling2 hu2]
Japanese (n,n-suf) command; order; dictation; (archaism) administrative and civil code; (personal name) Reiji; (female given name) Rei; (personal name) Riyou; (female given name) Ryou; (given name) Yoshi; (given name) Nori
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin bēng / beng1
Taiwan peng
Chinese to cause

使

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Mandarin shǐ / shi3
Taiwan shih
Japanese shi / し
Chinese to make; to cause; to enable; to use; to employ; to send; to instruct sb to do something; envoy; messenger
Japanese (1) messenger; (2) (abbreviation) (See 検非違使) police and judicial chief (Heian and Kamakura periods); (3) {Buddh} (See 煩悩・2) klesha (polluting thoughts such as greed, hatred and delusion, which result in suffering); (female given name) Tsukasa
To send; cause; a messenger; a pursuer, molester, lictor, disturber, troubler, intp. as 煩惱 kleśa, affliction, distress, worldly cares, vexations, and as consequent reincarnation. There are categories of 10, 16, 98, 112, and 128 such troublers, e. g. desire, hate, stupor, pride, doubt, erroneous views, etc., leading to painful results in future rebirths, for they are karma-messengers executing its purpose. Also 金剛童子 q. v; affliction, proclivities

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Mandarin/ bi3
Taiwan pi
Japanese hi
Chinese to cause; to enable; phonetic bi; Taiwan pr. [bi4]
To cause, enable.

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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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