The Exposition of Karma

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In this sutra, The Exposition of Karma (Skt. Karmavibhaṅga; Tib. ལས་རྣམ་པ་འབྱེད་པ།, Wyl. las rnam pa ‘byed pa), the Buddha presents to the brahmin youth Shuka Taudeyaputra a discourse on the workings of karma. This is enlivened by many examples drawn from the rich heritage of Buddhist narrative literature, providing a detailed analysis of how deeds lead to specific consequences in the future. For the Buddhist, this treatise answers many questions pertaining to moral causation, examining specific life situations and their underlying karmic causes and emphasizing the key role that intention plays in the Buddhist ethic of responsibility.[1]


The Tibetan translation of this sutra can be found in the General Sutra section of the Tibetan Dergé Kangyur, Toh 338


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha.