In Buddhist teaching, the law of karma, says only this: `for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.' A skillful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions; an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by any one of those things. (Events are not skillful in themselves, but are so called only in virtue of the mental events that occur with them.) Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them. ============================================= From the Bagavad Gita comes the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do to you. This is a common concept integrated by the Eastern Religions. Somehow it has become an important term used in our Western thought. I am curious as to what this term means to each individual and is it an important aspect in their actions. Again karma can mean whatever your interpretation of it is. Do not feel compelled to stick to it's strict formal meaning.