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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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Did Pudgalavada Buddhists claim the the “person” existed between lives and / or in one life?

Did Pudgalavada Buddhists claim the the "person" existed between lives and / or in one life? The Pudgalavadins were an old school of Buddhists who thought there was a person. I'm currently unclear ...
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Why should I give a bowl full of rice to a monk if there is no rebirth?

If there is no rebirth, what is the response for a layman asking as below? Oh, monk, I have been feeding you for ten years and I was told that my good deeds could secure me a better fortune on my re-...
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What is right view regarding rebirth?

What is right view regarding rebirth according to the Buddha? Is it: a) Rebirth stops after breakup of physical body for all even if craving is not eradicated b) Rebirth continues eternally after ...
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Is the belief in no rebirth conditioned by craving?

Suppose somebody strongly believes in no post-mortem rebirth and strongly denies the possibility of the existence of rebirth. Is such a belief/view a result of craving for views regarding rebirth? ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

In a nutshell, the Buddha's teaching is: self-views ("I have a self" and/or "I have no self") must be avoided craving is a precondition for suffering, thus we must train ourselves to gain control ...
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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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What would be the secular interpretation for the Assu Sutta and the Mata Sutta?

How would Secular Buddhists and other Buddhists who reject rebirth, interpret the following suttas, which describe: An ocean of tears? Everyone being someone we have know in the past? From Assu ...
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Best advice to deniers of rebirth? [closed]

If you knew about a Dhamma practitioner who strongly believes in no reincarnation or post-mortem rebirth what would be your advice to him/her?
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Questions to deniers of traditional view on Rebirth

1. If there's no rebirth, what happens after death of a non-arahant? Does a new life ensue dependent on the one which has just ended? 2. Rebirth is tightly connected with kamma. a) Do you observe ...
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What happens to grasping at 'self' after termination of life?

Please answer these two questions: 1a. Suppose there is an ignorant person named X who is grasping to the aggregates as 'self' (let's call this just 'grasping'). Suppose X's material body is being ...
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Does DN2 and MN36 provide an irrefutable statement on the fact of rebirth?

Some Secular Buddhists and some members of Buddhism.SE do not accept that "Rebirth has always been a central teaching in the Buddhist tradition" (according to Thanissaro Bhikkhu in this essay). They ...
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Does self end after death?

Does self end after death? Please note: In my question »death« means: the physical processes of brokenness, graying, wrinkling, break up of the aggregates, casting off of the body, interruption in ...
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Is the Karma theory an essential component of Buddha's teaching?

Stephen Batchelor claims in several speeches and books that Buddha never said the Karma and rebirth theory was true, it is not important to Buddha's teachings, and when he was a Gelug monk and asked ...
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What does the Tibetan book of the dead say happens 14 days after death?

What does the Tibetan book of the dead say happens 14 days after death? I don't have my copy to hand. I'm asking, because I suspect a dear friend of mine may have died last week.
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Justifying the Four Noble Truths without rebirth [duplicate]

In the article entitled A Secular Evaluation of Rebirth, Doug Smith, of the Secular Buddhist Association, wrote: It is for reasons such as these that any contemporary, scientifically informed ...
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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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What are the traditional Buddhist arguments for rebirth?

According to Buddhist philosophy, there are two Pramanas or means of valid knowledge: Pratyaksha or sensory perception and Anumana or inference. (This is in contrast to most Hindus who believe in ...
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How does the craving or clinging to existence survive after death?

As per my understanding when a person dies his aggregates dissolve(his self dissolves) and if the dead person has any cravings,clinging left for the existence then he is reborn(aggregates reassemble). ...
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Will I be reindividualised after death?

I guess I have no craving left for the existence except for food and water. Will I be reindividualised after death? Should I give up the desire for food and water in order to stop my rebirth?
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How can Buddha take rebirth as Metteyya?

Gautama Buddha died and had attained final Nirvana. His cleaving to existing objects had ceased. His ignorance was destroyed. He had no upadana or karma left. Yet Buddha said that he will take rebirth ...
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Rarity of the Human World

I've read in Buddhist texts that being born into the human world is a rare and privileged event. If that's the case, then why are killers and "bad" people allowed to be born into the human world? ...
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What is wrong with my vision of karma?

We are consciousness housed inside a physical form. We started off as the nothingness of the universe ... all potential. Then we were bound to this form just as someone capturing air in a bag. ...
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Nothing i seem to have flipped the switch by getting rid of everything

I feel pulled to the belief i was a monk before. My first life. And other things are happening to me. Is there anyone who will listen rather than attack? Try to understand rather than condemn? In ...
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Did anyone ask the Buddha what their rebirth will be?

Did anyone ask the Buddha what their rebirth will be? I'm just asking 'cos that's what I would ask, if I knew of any 'Buddha'.
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Karma and the creation of the earth

I believe I've heard that the earth, after periodical destruction, comes into being because because beings with unexpiated karma exist - some of them will need to be born as humans, some as animals. ...
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Is allowing or seeking detachment a bad karmic influence vis a vis rebirth?

If I let relationships and other things go as a way of embracing detachment then will there be karmic "retribution" or will it leave some hole that will force me into rebirth?
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Why deos 'rebirth' imply there is no soul? [duplicate]

Buddhists avoid 'reincarnation' instead of 'rebirth'. Especially if we don't mean rebirth into an intermediate state, the term 'reincarnation', to me, seems OK. Why does 'rebirth' imply there is no ...
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Why people in our realm are so fundamentally different?

Apparently, almost all of us living on Earth are the results of specific Bardo Thodol events, that led us here. We all failed to get to the higher realms. Except of course those who voluntarily chosen ...
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If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?

If there are no past and future lives and everything ends at the moment of death. Why should we bother with anything at all? Why would the Buddha teach for 45 years if all our problems are definitely ...
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How is a living being/lifeform defined in Buddhism?

As asked in the question, what are the characteristics by which a thing is classified as 'living being' or 'non-living' ? How is a lifeform defined in Buddhism, I mean, like how humans consider ...
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Is there any proof of Karma theory & rebirth?

Non Abrahmic religions like Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism & Sikhism believe in Karma theory & rebirth. I'm interested in knowing the proofs of Karma theory & rebirth presented by Buddhism....
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Memory about the past life

As per the scriptures, lower being such as pretha & higher beings such as deva & Brahma remembers their early life. But in case of humans, only rare incidents are reported in remembering the ...
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What would be a secular interpretation of animal rebirth

For people who don't believe in literal rebirth as animals,(secular or non) how would they describe the mental state associated with rebirth in the animal realm? E.g, if stress is associated with ...
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Consciousness, death and reincarnation

First of all, I'd like to say I'm a scientist. This means fact will always come before faith, even if it hurts. In general, one's opinion doesn't mean much if the question itself has no meaning, but ...
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What will Most Effect in Next Life Done Good or Bad?

If some person when he live's on earth His doing 50% good & 50% Bad things (theatrically). after he died what will Happen to him in next life. 1st will he effected with his good things he done in ...
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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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what is logic behind rebirth

I was listening to this video, from Bhante Vimalaramsi. He says that one meditator experienced his past live and he had some pscotherapy before this. How is that possible? Buddhist talk about mind ...
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What does the Pali canon say about “death”?

I'm just clinging to this notion that the small death (of prthagjanas) is never reversible, and never incomplete. Leaving aside the notion of "karma" and "rebirth" and "continuity", what does the ...
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Is rebirth a conventional truth within the Buddha's message?

There is a lot on this site (and elsewhere) on the validity of rebirth, whether it is necessary to understand the Buddha's message, or to reach enlightenment etc. My question is slightly different ...
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Buddhism, Reincarnation, and Doubt

Is it possible to maintain certain skeptical doubts about literal reincarnation and continue to work towards stream-entry, assuming one's practice is sincere and vigilant?
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How much of our initial conditions come from past Kamma?

When we come into this world, in a rebirth, how much of our situation is predetermined by our past Kamma? I think I have some understanding of the role of inherited Kamma in our personhood. But, are ...
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Is love in this life 'artificial'?

In this life we experience love with family, friends, spouses and others. From my understanding of reading through this site and researching, love leads to suffering. Is the love we feel towards ...
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Does the wicked have a better bargain at death in Buddhism?

Does the wicked have a better bargain at death in Buddhism considering that there are no soul to transmigrate? Let's assume there are two persons A and B, born to similar condition. Person A surround ...
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Is there concept of recollection in Buddhism?

Quoted below is from, Kitagiri Sutta MN 70 …There is the case where, when conviction has arisen, one visits [a teacher]. Having visited, one grows close. Having grown close, one lends ear. ...
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Traits of a person manifesting in certain ways in the next life

Somewhere on this site I read in an answer that certain traits you develop or inherit are responsible for your physical appearance. Now of course good deeds in one life will lead to positively ...
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What is happening to Lord Buddha after “parinirvana”?

We all know that after Lord Buddha's parinirvana, he will never be born again. So my question is, if Lord Buddha does not have a rebirth after parinirvana, what is actually happening to him (after ...
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Life Duration and Rebirth

Did Buddha speak about the duration of lives in any way that related it to where one currently stands on the path? For example: "When one is closer to enlightenment, one will have shorter lives ...
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Is consciousness immaterial?

I've been doing a lot of scripture reading on consciousness (vijnana, mana, citta, etc) in the pali canon and Mahayana doctrines. Buddha never seemed to accept materialism, or that mind was material, ...
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Is rebirth essential to Buddhist philosophy?

Elements of Buddhism can be rationally accepted such as the suffering that arises through attachment, the benefits of meditation, and even the acceptance of anatta, or non-self. It seems, however, ...
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What is passed from life to life in the process of rebirth?

As a practising Buddhist, I am often asked this question: what is passed from life to life in the process of rebirth? I have several answers to this depending on my audience - e.g. lessons to be ...