anantarika-karma

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anantarika-karma

in the Theravada ("Way of the Elders") tradition of Buddhism, a heinous sin that causes the agent to be reborn in hell immediately after death. There are five sins of this kind: killing one's mother, killing one's father, killing an arhat (saint), injuring the body of a buddha, and causing a division in the Buddhist community.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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