“According to Buddhism, there is a commensurate relationship between cause and effect where
pain and pleasure are concerned. The immediate cause is karma. Karma means action.
Tomorrow’s events depend very much on today’s actions, this year’s events on last year’s, while this century’s events
are linked with those of the previous centuries. The actions of previous generations affect the lives of the generations that follow.
This is also a kin of karma. However, there is a difference between actions carried out by a group of people or
sentient beings jointly, and actions carried out by single person. In individual cases, the actions
of the earlier part of one’s life have an effect on the latter part of one’s life.”
The Dalai Lama