In Buddhism, karma is the universal law of \"morally valenced\" cause and effect [source: Jaffe]. And other actions trigger consequences that, thanks to the continual cycle of death and rebirth, will ripple across lifetimes. The karmic effects of our actions fall into two categories: psychological and universal [source: Jones]. Traditionally, though, Buddhists understand karma as the universal law that determines the form that transmigration will take. According to the rules of karma, you will be reborn in the plane that best matches your pattern of mind.