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Kamma ("action") is by many known as the sanskrit word "karma", and a lot of myths rank around this topic.
One easy way to understand kamma is to view it as "momentum". Any body that absorbs kinetic energy will gain momentum. However, momentum in physical bodies can cancel out each other (and become heat), but kamma can only accumulate.
The idea of "good" and "bad" kamma is not very helpful. If you do something bad, you gain momentum that makes you feel bad, and if you do something good you gain momentum that makes you feed good. It is both a deviation from a state of calm, though. One does not compensate for the other. Each one adds to your level of stimulation or agitation.
The only way decrease kamma is to let it fade away. Just watch as it passes. A good way to achieve this is meditation.
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