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Does the intermediate state remember its past life?

For those Buddhists who believe there is an intermediate state between death and our next rebirth (IIRC this can last anything upto 7 weeks), does the intermediate state remember what has happened to ...
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A question about astrology and astronomy

my question is astronomical observations and results thereof when applied to humans largely differ from astrological influencing. What Buddhists unlike other religious groups should do to solve the ...
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Worry about life, body, health: obstacle for Arahataphala?

Is worry about life, body health, e.g. householding, status-maintaining, obstacles for Arahataphala? Is this in accordance with what the Teacher taught? And why is such an obstacle? Would one ...
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What's the karmic cause for homosexuality? [duplicate]

Is being homosexual a result of poor karma? Or is it because of the person's habit in his/her past life? Or perhaps it's because the person likes and supports same-sex couple in his/her past life?
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I believe I have done bad things in a past life can I fix my curse that causes people to turn against me what kind of Karma is this?

What kind of karma is it that causes people to suddenly go 180 on me when I seem to give 'too much' info about a certain point then they turn against me and give me the 'cold shoulder'? or have ...
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How could we have so many past lives without reaching some degree of wisdom or enlightenment?

While I do have a personal and intimate belief in reincarnation, I really struggle with the Buddhist belief that we have innumerably many past lives. A monk I listened to explained that all the ...
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Misconception about remembering past lives?

I have been digging really deep into the philosophy of Buddha. What I have come to know is that Buddha has never talked about remembering past lives in any original text. If he has then please let me ...
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Past life regression techniques

Is there anyone knows and has experience in past life regression? How can I do to recall my past life memory? Thank you.
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Distinguishing Between Past Lives and The Active Imagination

How could anyone recognize the difference between experiencing a past life recall and simply experiencing a vivid imagining of the mind? While meditating I often slip into states that take me outside ...
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Buddha's past lives in the Pali Suttas outside of Jataka

According to this answer for the question "Does Theravada Buddhism accept Jataka Stories?": The Theravada accepts the Jataka stories as commentarial literature; they are not canonical, but are ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

I am riddled by this question lately and it necessary for my progress on path of Dhamma. My question is, why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana while ...
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Reference wanted for "To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)...."

This is a reference request, not a doctrine question. I recall seeing a quote from a Buddhist text or teacher roughly to this effect... To see your past karma, look at your present body (and ...
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Past life memories: what is the purpose of those memories?

As a child I remembered being born, being in the womb, and the death that preceeded this birth. I recalled the time between the death and the womb. I recalled the act I dying. I recalled the act ...
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How do we know numbers of past lives and rebirths?

I can understand how the Buddha and various arhats and the like can surmise the existence of past lives and rebirth. What I dont see is how they come up with actual numbers of times they have been ...
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Buddhist view on past lives influencing the present

I seem to be making rather unusual choices in my life for unknown reasons. Like on a mere hunch or for some reason I gain interest in a strange topic. And later it turns out that these choices were ...
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why is all of Buddhas past lifes referes to times of kings

The title says it all. Why does all the recollections of past lifes of Buddha revolves around times of kings which were similar to the time the Buddha was living. Why aren't there any mention of ...
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Is our success predestined by our past karma?

Some people are more richer other others, some are more intelligent than others, some are more beautiful than others... Are all these predestined? I heard that one's karma in his/her past life ...
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Jhanas and past lives

I always thought that the remembrance of the past lives and the vision of the mechanism of the kamma were the fruits of the jhanas. BUT, it is said that the Tathagata learnt the (8) jhanas from two ...
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Do you have to have certain pastlife karma to use a computer?

So lets take all humans currently alive in the human world. They all have the karma to be reborn in this realm. Computers exist in our world, and in some places (Not all) public libraries provide ...
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At what point in the path is one able to recall their past lives?

In most traditions of Buddhism there is talk of the Buddha, or various Bodhisattvas talking about their past lives. At what point in the path to enlightenment is the ability to remember ones past ...
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