Questions tagged [rebirth]

The coming into existence of another being based on conditions arising from a previous existence. This is commonly confused with reincarnation. Reincarnation is the passing of a soul or spirit into a new body. Buddhism denies the concept of a soul, spirit or permanent self therefore in Buddhism rebirth occurs but there is no-one who is reborn.

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Do Mahayana Buddhists explain birth and extinction in the same way?

Nirvana is the extinction of rebirth, and birth is its arising. Right? Is the debate throughout Buddhism on the "difference" between samsara and nirvana one of how to explain, rather than describe or ...
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If there is no literal rebirth, why have samvega (a sense of urgency)

Some people believe in rebirth after this life because (for them) it seems that the suttas claim literal rebirth. And it somewhat makes sense because in some passages it'd be harder to believe in "...
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How to redeem a wasted youth?

I wasted my youth. I am 35 years old. I had a toxic relationship with my parents, especially my mother. My career never started and am still looking for a fresh start and finding it humiliating at my ...
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Not seeing the wood, for the trees

How can I clearly see the lessons my soul needs to learn this lifetime? I am a householder who has a wonderful life in New Zealand. There have been difficult times too, but even though, as a child I ...
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Through which medium does kammic information travel after the break-up of the body?

If we understand kamma-vipaka as the process of creation and perpetuation of habitual volitional deeds, we can see that, in a living being, there's a medium through which behavioral information is ...
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How can people meet again after rebirth?

Prince Siddhartha & Princess Yashodhara met in a lot of lives as partners. How are people intended to meet their present life relations in the next life? Is the desire needed to be wished upon?
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What does Buddhadasa say about rebirth after the break-up of the body?

i came across the teachings of Buddhadasa, he seemed to preach that rebirth is just a state of mind cycled throughout the days; greed, lust, peace, etc. That makes sense. But did he talk about what ...
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Personal continuity in the absence of a persistent, unchanging self

How is personal continuity (including continuity at rebirth) explained in Buddhism in the absence of a persistent, unchanging self? Do all Buddhists agree on a single explanation? I am reading the ...
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Mental Illness and the bardo and rebirth

I'm wondering if mental illness is carried over into the space between lives and then subsequently to the next birth?
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What exactly is rebirth?

According to Buddhism, one's self is made of 5 agregates. But these agregagtes should dissolve at death, because according to neurosciences,feeling, perception, thinking and conscience are just ...
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Cessation of form vs. escape from form

EDIT: I've changed this question from SN 22.56 to SN 22.57, but the sutta content related to my question is very similar. And I've added a new question. The term "form" in SN 22.57 below, seems to ...
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Is samsara real?

If there is afterlife and sentient beings revolving around life after life in 3 different realms, and there is cosmic law that liberates all living beings and actually is eager to do so, then beings ...
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What sort of infinite regress to birth is Nagarjuna's MMK arguing for?

I start with some quotes, to show how I got to two specific questions about Buddhism, then a question that is more philosophical and general. Batchelor's translation of Nagajuna's MMK: I bow down ...
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Explaining the 6th fetter?

What is exactly meant by "Material rebirth lust", and how is it properly abandoned?
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“Idea of reincarnation(rebirth) is due to craving for existence”

"Idea of reincarnation(rebirth) is due to craving for existence" I'd like to listen to your opinion about this.
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What if there is no rebirth but karma is not eradicated by meditation and the path?

What if there is no rebirth but karma is not eradicated by the path? I think that would mean that the agent experiences the results of their actions even without rebirth. Am I right? At least if the ...
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How is re-linking consciousness reconciled with MN 38?

In the essay "Buddhist Reflections on Death", V.F. Gunaratna wrote: The terminal thought goes through the same stages of progress as any other thought, with this differences that whereas the ...
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Someone has an illness which is inevitably going to kill them. Why?

Imagine following situation: A person who thinks of themself as a good person, meaning they are mostly nice to people and act and think almost always morally. Said person is diagnosed with an illness ...
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Can a being be stuck in an endless cycle of depression and suicides?

Can a being be ignorant and depressed due to ignorance and commits suicide and is then reborn ignorant and depressed still and commits suicide again and again and so on indefinitely...? If so, is ...
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About mental diseases and kamma

This question is built on top of another questions asked in this site (not all by me). Based of these premises: 1) Kamma is not the only phenomena/process responsible for the current condition of ...
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Buddhadasa and the continuity of suffering beyond physical death, without rebirth

I read "Anatta and Rebirth" by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (let's call this explanation B) and I also read similar explanations by Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu from this answer, this comment and this answer (let's call ...
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Various types of death

In this answer, Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu wrote about various types of death (quoted below). Where can I find references to and more info on the various types of death that is mentioned - khaṇika-maraṇa, ...
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How does rebirth work for arahant and non-arahants?

I read in a sutta a few days ago (I can't remember the exactly where) that the question of rebirth after parinibbana is not a valid one, because there was no one to be reborn. But if anatta is valid ...
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If we consider 'kamma' as intention and habits, how are these transferred from a brain to next life when the brain breaks-up and cease to function?

According to the Pali Canon, how are intentions and habits passed on from one existence to another without any material support? What do the texts tell us about rebirth and the transference of these ...
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Why do ignorance and intention have something to do with rebirth?

I have a lot of trouble dealing with rebirth, mostly because of my previous "skeptic" past. However, buddhism has helped me a lot to open my mind and to get detached from any point of view that might ...
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Why don't some buddhists believe in karma and rebirth?

According to MN 60 and other suttas, believing in karma and afterlife is right view and believing that there is no karma and afterlife is unskillful and a wrong view because there is actually karma ...
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What can one do with knowings that occur from strong intuition?

Please see a breakdown of how one may approach the question... 'Knowings' in this sense has not been influenced by external stimulus. One can know things about our environment using the six senses as ...
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How is a mindstream associated with human forms?

I think this question is distinct from those asking what is reincarnated. I understand the distinction between the mindstream and a soul, and the simile of passing on a flame. I also understand that ...
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“Lower rebirth” — Are animals really “lower” than us?

I love most aspects of Buddhism but I can't agree that animals have a "lower" rebirth than us. Dogs for example sometimes have enormous love and compassion for their owners, even if they are being ...
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Are there any recollections of past lives in the more grievous realms?

While "animal" past lives seem to get a fair amount of attention I can't seem to find any about people recalling being in the hell realm or that of hungry ghosts. Aside from Mahamogallana's ...
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Did the Buddha believe in rebirth and reincarnation? [duplicate]

The Buddha didn't believe in a Supreme Being, or a universal soul. The Buddha didn't even believe in a soul. Then how could he preach rebirth and reincarnation when he didn't even believe in a soul? ...
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Is Buddhism antinatalist?

I was listening to a discussion with David Benatar, and the point that Buddhism seems to be antinatalist was raised. It seems that people argue this both ways. Can Buddhism be said to be antinatalist? ...
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Will someone explain rebirth and the differences between reincarnation?

Can someone explain the difference between reincarnation and rebirth? I've read the tags and am a little confused. Is the goal of buddhism to cease to exist? If people aren't reincarnated, then how ...
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Does anyone read the part 2 of Nagarjuna's karika as an argument about infinite divisibility?

Is Nagarjuna is arguing that time cannot really be both infinitely divisible and extended, so is a conceptual construction? I'm asking because verse 2.23 suggested that to me, taken completely out of ...
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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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What Nichiren Buddhism says about rebirth and reincarnation?

What is the view of Nichirenism/ Nichiren Buddhism on rebirth and reincarnation? What was the opinion of Nichiren on rebirth and reincarnation? What was the opinion of Gautama Buddha on rebirth and ...
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Does SN44.9 imply an intermediate state between births?

According to Kutuhalasala Sutta (SN44.9), translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu: Vacchagotta: "And at the moment when a being sets this body aside and is not yet reborn in another body, what do you ...
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(Why) did the Buddha teach rebirth?

Was rebirth introduced in the First or Second Turnings, and why did the Buddha teach it? E.g. was it necessary to understand emptiness, causality, etc.? For example, I imagine that some "reasons why" ...
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Why should progress in meditation lead to rebirth in a more worldly setting?

It seems that the more successful your meditation is, the more lavish the surroundings of your next life (e.g. rebirth in a heavenly realm following the attainment of certain meditative states). ...
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What is the substantial cause of an instance of consciousness?

Context: I'm considered a skeptic of rebirth in my tradition which is the Gelug branch of Tibetan Buddhism. I'm asking this question to help me understand what other traditions think. In my tradition ...
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Contradictions from Monks regarding Precepts vs Commandments and punishment

Now this is often raised whenever a monk teaches and talks about the five precepts. They often say that these are not, like in the judeo christian faith, commandments and that no higher entity or ...
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How is one reborn as a chakravartin?

Chakravartin (Sanskrit cakravartin, Pali cakkavattin) is a Sanskrit term used to refer to an ideal universal ruler who rules ethically and benevolently over the entire world. Such a ruler's reign ...
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Did Gudo Wafu Nishijima claim that there will be no pain for anyone after death?

Gudo Wafu Nishijima (incidentally Brad Warner's teacher) the soto monk, claimed that sentient beings in pain are just in hell, and hell is a supposition. I take this to mean that pain occurs without ...
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Rebirth, nibbana, and anatta

Rebirth, is the continuation of anatta.. no Self can be said to transmigrate - only the statement that 'dependently originated phenomena (any conditioned and posited self) cannot have permanent ...
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Karmic remnants after advice

If you gave someone good or bad advice or wrote a book that was stored in the Library of Congress and read for centuries then wouldnt you have a karmic remnant to bear?
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What happen before the Devil King of the Sixth Heaven create Samsara?

What i want to ask is what is the life before the Devil King of the Sixth Heaven create Samsara (know as wheel-of-life,cycle-of-birth) and law of causation
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Five precepts and lower realms

My understanding is that, although we are practicing five precepts in this life, there is no guarantee we will not be reborn in lower realm, it is possible to take rebirth in lower realm in the next ...
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The mind experiment of rebirh

Assume that the earth destroyed just a fraction of second as a result of massive meteoroid collision and there are only 10000 humans live at the moment. A one human being possess strong qualifications ...
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Different interpretations of the 6 realms

What are the psychological and metaphorical interpretations of the 6 realms and why are they significant to some Buddhists but not others?
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Why does Buddhism seem to have more than one goal?

Why do some Buddhists regard nirvana as an important goal while other want better rebirth? Do all Buddhists have the same goal and if not why?