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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Is the true self reborn?

In Mahayana Buddhism is it the true self that is reborn, or the empirical self? I tend to see it described as if it's just the latter that is, but then if I am my true self then doesn't that equate ...
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Question on the possibility of higher rebirth for animals

In the questions Why not kill animals to hasten their rebirth? and Do the same rules of Karma apply to animals? and others, it in part discusses how animals have a very difficult time to be reborn as ...
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Buddhism, mothers and earthworms

My first exposure to Buddhism was watching Seven Years in Tibet in my German childhood. Most memorable were the following two scenes of Buddhist monks in orange robes. In the one scene, some monks ...
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Will parents full of Dhamma attract good minds for their babies?

Is it more likely that a mind with more positive Kamma and closer to the Dhamma will reborn as a son of a couple that follows the Dhmma? Is there like an attraction due to the Dhamma? There is a ...
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Is there a finite amount of beings?

According to the Buddhist teachings all beings are subject to Samsara and one can escape Samsara as he finds enlightenment. But if all beings were ultimately to be reborn, with exception of those ...
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Questions from 21-st century's Milinda

The Lotus Sutra’s parable of the burning house imagines inhabitants of a house in fire. They do not register the dangerous situation and therefore “the thought of getting out does not occur to them”. ...
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Is there any Proof of No-Rebirth?

Is there proof that rebirth does not exist?That it is not real?
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Isn't enlightenment the ultimate death?

Is it true that after you reach enlightenment you simply vanish into the vast space of existence, and you simply cease to exist? Kind of like, when you have not attained to enlightenment you keep on ...
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I want to understand the technicality of rebirth and what happens to conditioned self

Correct me if I'm wrong about my current understanding of Buddhism: There is no eternal self or essence in me, but I am just a conditioned-self, an illusion created by the interaction of the five ...
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Rebirth in the human realm

I need to find the Sutta in where it is stated how a human being will be reborn. There should be different states for example if you are born in a high society you were respectful towards parents, ...
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Seeking sources on — practicing for this life alone is not even Dharma

The Gelugpa Lam Rim says that someone who practices for benefit in this life alone is not even practicing Dharma -- the minimum Dharmic motivation is to achieve better rebirth (and there are two ...
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Is 'be thankful to your parents, for they brought you life' incongruent with Buddhist thought?

It appears to me that this is incompatible with Buddhist teachings. Life will bring suffering, and it'll not be a kind and easy journey. So why be thankful? On the other hand, if you weren't an arhat ...
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Rebirth versus genetic recombination

Humans like nearly all other species have their genetic base as a mixture 50:50 from the genes of their father and from the genes of their mother. Each generation represents a new combination of genes ...
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Is there any explanation on why only humans and animals do not remember previous life?

I have heard from a Buddhist monk that hungry ghosts usually return to their familis searching for food, which makes me believe they have easy access to memories of their previous life. Some hell ...
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Are there reliable accounts of Buddhists who have remembered past lives?

Although the vast majority of people will not remember past lives, are there reliable accounts of people who have? Specifically are there accounts of Buddhists who have remembered past lives and whose ...
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Will I keep my memories and experience with each passing incarnation?

I am curious because I have seen documentaries, videos, posts and all kinds of books and literature saying some people are born with knowledge from a past life, I believe I might be such a person as ...
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Life before life on earth

Is there any reference in Buddhism about how our life was before life has appeared on this earth? Were we all in heaven or hell realms?
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Can Right View be interpreted as scientific fervor?

The first in the eightfold path talks about having a right view of things. Or as wikipedia puts it, The purpose of right view is to clear one's path of the majority of confusion, ...
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Does the “nature” of a person move with her to the next life?

Imagine a person that is very calm, generous, doesn't like to harm others etc. If this person gets a rebirth in the human realm will he/she develop the same characteristcs? The point is that Kamma ...
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If someone purposefully obsessed over a certain animal how much might it impact their chances of rebirth as that animal?

And im looking for a buddhist perspective mainly, preferrably the views of various traditions. But yeah, if i (for example) wanted to be reborn as a bird, would obsessing over and even acting ...
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Is there an intermediate state between death and rebirth in Theravada tradition?

The Tibetan book of the dead is very famous and widely known, but how about rebirth in the Theravada tradition? Is there anything similar to an intermediate dimension or does death automatically lead ...
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What if there is no rebirth?

Recently, I found a rather interesting quote of HH Dalai Lama XIV, which he said in Bodhgaya interviews, 1981: “Buddhists believe in rebirth. But suppose through various investigative means, ...
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Do Theravada monks search for reincarnation of teachers?

I know this is very common among Mahayanas, specialy in Tibet where they search for their old teachers (Lamas) all call them Rinpoche. Is this also a practice in Theravada Buddhism?
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Does memory persist across different births of an individual?

I've read that the Buddha could remember his past life. Does this means that the memory of a person lasts across different life times?
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How does Buddhism explains rebirth and law of Karma? [closed]

As per my readings on Buddhism it doesn't accept the notion of soul or Atman, but at the same time it accepts the law of Karma. How does Buddhism explains rebirth and law of Karma?
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Afterlife in Buddhism and Hinduism

Where does the ideology of afterlife in Buddhism and Hinduism come from and why are they different?
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The hidden cycle: dying, death, rebirth [closed]

I am looking for an explanation for my wife about what happens during the dying-death-rebirth cycle according to Buddhist teachings as well as any background readings we can locate. I was ...
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Buddhism and past lives?

The idea of having more than one life in Buddhism is regarded not just as a theory but a truth that can be experienced and verified If this is so, what was the technique used by the Buddha to ...
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Buddhism and bacteria

Buddhist teachings tell that all intentional killing is negative karma. So, what about bacteria? Are bacteria considered to be sentient beings? Is using antibiotics negative karma? Is it possible to ...
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What is the role of karma in rebirth?

Rebirth is not reincarnation. How then does the karma of an individual affect their rebirth? In reincarnation, an individual's karma results in a better or worse next life for their soul. But in ...
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Does rebirth or reincarnation occur in Buddhism?

How is the concept of rebirth or reincarnation handled in Buddhism? Does it occur? Will everyone be reborn? Are people always reborn as people?
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What is it that is re-incarnated ? [duplicate]

I have been reading Mahayana philosophy. It proposes non-self and that self does not exist in the 5 aggregates. If the self/atman does not exist, what is that is re-incarnated? How can nothing ...