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    ...not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    I have talked about the three existences of life and the netherworld based on Buddhist concept through the Gosho passage “Gokuyo to the Mandala of Myoho”. I wish to confirm the following points that we should always keep in mind.

    It is important for all of us to make good causes in this life, not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    The above is from a Buddhist magazine.

    Is the comma after 'causes' required?

    Thanks.

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    Re: ...not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    Yes, it is.

    You have posted several excerpts from this magazine and there have been errors in every one. (In this one, "make good causes" doesn't make sense.) It was clearly writtten by a non-native speaker. Are you checking on its correctness so that you can contact the publisher and suggest they get it rewritten? If you're using it to practise your English, I recommend you find a more reliable source.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    I am aware that the articles in the magazine are not well-written. The writer is a Japanese person.

    Whenever I find something in the magazine which I doubt, I would post it to this forum. In this way, I am improving my English. No, I am not going to contact the publisher.

    I am also going through grammar and English usage books to improve my English.

    Finally, thanks for your help and that of other native speakers of this forum.

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    Re: ...not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    No, I am not going to contact the publisher.
    Maybe you should.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I have talked about the three existences of life and the netherworld based on Buddhist concept through the Gosho passage “Gokuyo to the Mandala of Myoho”. I wish to confirm the following points that we should always keep in mind.

    It is important for all of us to make good causes in this life, not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    The above is from a Buddhist magazine.

    Is the comma after 'causes' required?

    Thanks.
    I have a problem with the verb "make" in this sentence. As emsr2d2 points out, this phrase, "makes a good cause", does not make a lot of sense. I would replace the verb "make" with "find". Making a bad cause often is not possible to do either.

    You may not know whether an idea will be good or bad until you put in action. On the other hand, it is easier to find a good cause to support or a bad cause to avoid.

    It is important for all of us to find good causes in this life, not bad causes, so that we can create a lot of positive karma.

    With respect to "so that", that is a subordinate conjunction like "when". The comma is not necessary as you suggested.
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