In this following context, what does the verb phrase ''extend to'' mean?

Should I take the meaning as: ''To include or encompass someone or something'' (The free dictionary.com: extend to)

Is the phrase ''extended to'' adverbial phrase? or adjectival phrase?

Would you let me know your paraphrasing of this parenthesis phrase.

The context:

The Buddhist doctrine of rebirth — which is really the same as the law of causality extended to the mental and moral domain — has nothing whatever to do with the brahman doctrine of reincarnation, or transmigration.

Source: Page. 8 ''Fundamentals of Buddhism'' by Nyanatiloka Mahåthera

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These are all translations. That said:

To extend something to something means: to make is apply to something.

extended to the mental and moral domain is a past participle phrase used as an adjective to describe the "law of causality".

  • Would you give a simple type of this sentence? @Lambie. Thanks.
    – Sakya Kim
    Commented Oct 1, 2022 at 2:53
  • as applied to the mental and moral domain
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 22:16

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