Kamma and Forgiveness with some Thoughts on Cambodia

Kamma and Forgiveness with some Thoughts on Cambodia © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157254308X311974 Exchange 37 (2008) 237-262 www.brill.nl/exch Kamma and Forgiveness with some Th oughts on Cambodia Karel van Oosten PhD researcher in Cambodia E-mail: koosten@xs4all.nl Abstract In this article, I give some notes on kamma and forgiveness. Th e doctrines of kamma and forgive- ness or grace are central notions in Buddhism and Christianity, and contrary to what looks different at first sight, they may show similarities in terms of ‘salvation’. In the first paragraph, I explain, to a very limited extent, the concept of kamma in Th eravada Buddhist tradition. In the second paragraph, I maintain that comparing kamma and grace is not correct, but that a comparison between meditation and grace could be more promising. In the third paragraph, narratives from the Pali canon illustrate Buddhist notions that show similarity to forgiveness. Th e possibility of a royal pardon is the theme of the fourth paragraph. Th e last paragraph hints at the possible relevance of the thoughts developed in this article for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and gives some additional food for further thinking. Keywords Buddhism, Christianity, kamma or karma , forgiveness and grace Short Introduction In 2007, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Exchange Brill

Kamma and Forgiveness with some Thoughts on Cambodia

Exchange, Volume 37 (3): 237 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0166-2740
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1572-543X
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10.1163/157254308X311974
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157254308X311974 Exchange 37 (2008) 237-262 www.brill.nl/exch Kamma and Forgiveness with some Th oughts on Cambodia Karel van Oosten PhD researcher in Cambodia E-mail: koosten@xs4all.nl Abstract In this article, I give some notes on kamma and forgiveness. Th e doctrines of kamma and forgive- ness or grace are central notions in Buddhism and Christianity, and contrary to what looks different at first sight, they may show similarities in terms of ‘salvation’. In the first paragraph, I explain, to a very limited extent, the concept of kamma in Th eravada Buddhist tradition. In the second paragraph, I maintain that comparing kamma and grace is not correct, but that a comparison between meditation and grace could be more promising. In the third paragraph, narratives from the Pali canon illustrate Buddhist notions that show similarity to forgiveness. Th e possibility of a royal pardon is the theme of the fourth paragraph. Th e last paragraph hints at the possible relevance of the thoughts developed in this article for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and gives some additional food for further thinking. Keywords Buddhism, Christianity, kamma or karma , forgiveness and grace Short Introduction In 2007, the

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ExchangeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: CHRISTIANITY; BUDDHISM; KAMMA OR KARMA; FORGIVENESS AND GRACE

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