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Akriyavada is the doctrine, considered heretical by Buddhists, that moral acts do not have any consequences.[1] This belief was taught by many of the Buddha's contemporaries, but since it is counter to the belief in karma it was denounced by the Buddha.[citation needed] His own teachings are considered kiriyavada. Akriya means – inactive, without action of any kind.[2]


  1. ^ A Dictionary of Buddhism. Oxford University Press. p. 357. ISBN 0-19-860560-9.
  2. ^ V.S.Apte. The Practical Sanskrit-English Dictionary. Digital Dictionaries of South Asia. p. 6.