Buddhist term, imported into Japanese when Buddhism was introduced to Japan, some time during the Kofun, Asuka, and Nara periods.
From Middle Chinese compound 業果 (ngjæp kwaX, literally “karmic fruit, karmic result”). Compare modern Mandarin traditional 業果 and simplified 业果 (yèguǒ).
業果 (hiragana ごうか, romaji gōka, historical hiragana がふくわ)
- (Buddhism) karma, specifically the effects of karma
- ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9