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Karma and Rebirth in Buddhism

The Second Noble Truth points to the causes of karma and rebirth. Buddhism teaches us to recognize how the karma we create effects ourselves and others. Karma is bound together with rebirth, or what is sometimes called reincarnation. However, Buddhist teachings on rebirth differ in subtle but significant ways from how many people understand reincarnation.

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