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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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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 ...
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Can we still reach loved ones with guidence after they have passed through the bardo into a rebirth?

The question I pose is the same as the title of this post. Any experience or further reading of how to practice this reaching of a loved one to support and guide them after they have passed through ...
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What are some Buddhist ininterpretations of claims of past-life memories?

There are stories of people who claim to remember their past lives. Such stories have been investigated by researchers such as Ian Stevenson and Jim Tucker. These accounts lend themselves nicely to ...
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How is rebirth to be understood?

I have some questions regarding this Buddhadhasa text saying there is no rebirth in Buddhism. Is rebirth not what enlightenment is supposed to bring an end to? Is there no rebirth because rebirth is ...
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How does enlightenment relate to the higher realms of existence?

How does nibbāna relate to the 31 lokas and does rebirth into higher realms of existence precede enlightenment or result from it? Many thanks.
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How should somebody who has developed samadhi verify that rebirth occurs after death?

I am trying to understand how somebody following the dhamma is supposed to verify what the Buddha said about rebirth. In the past I've been told that once somebody has developed samadhi/calmed the ...
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Does the Nihilism view (natthika-dithi) actually deny rebirths?

Is the Nihilism view (natthika-dithi) actually denying rebirths? In Fuller's The Notion of Diṭṭhi in Theravāda Buddhism: The Point of View, in the translation of the Sāmaññaphala-sutta, natthika-...
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How should a disciple of the Buddha with great samadhi verify that rebirth occurs after physical death?

I asked my teacher how somebody should see for themselves that rebirth occurs, he (a Theravadin monastic) said that with great samadhi one should watch the twelve nidanas (the process of dependant co-...
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Where do “new” humans come from?

If all of us are re-incarnations of prior human beings, how do we account for the growing population? Where do “new” humans come from?
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Theravada - Death and rebirth [duplicate]

Recently I did my research and getting familiar with actual teachings of Buddha. Here are my questions. 2 : There are some kids who can/ could remember things from their past life. Could this be true?...
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With my interpretation of 'rebirth', can I become a Buddhist and become accepted within a Buddhist community?

I am just beginning and in need of help and advice on rebirth. I'm struggling for direction in life. I felt a connection with Buddhism in my day to day life and decided to pursue it further, In the ...
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Is the principle of rebirth falsifiable?

When the Buddha searched for truth in the world he used a method of empiricism. Empiricism is the precursor for modern science and although I believe that rebirth can be verified empirically I am not ...
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Individuality vs rebirth

One topic that confuses me is that of rebirth, and how individuality may relate to it. I've heard/read that the buddhist concept of rebirth is different than the popular concept of reincarnation, ...
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Is it possible to be reborn for all eternity?

According to Buddhist teachings, is it possible to continue to reborn and suffer for all eternity? Suppose if a being never attained any merit, never was able to work through its old karma. Would it ...
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Keeping rooted in the present in the face of past realities

I have remembered at least 4 past incarnations, two being particularly influential throughout my current life before the memory of them. I had been cleaning my psyche and spirit during this time, but ...
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Rebirth, transfer of memories, what is it?

I have a person in my own family who's aware of his past-birth. He knew it by age 7 only. When family started investigation 'they found it all true. How he has died in his last birth, how much of ...
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if rebirth/reincarnation is true then what is your first birth/incarnation?

I think the question is clear so no further explanation is needed.
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Where do Hell Guards fall?

While searching some Buddhist inspired pictures of Naraka I often found hell guards torturing others... Question is where are they on the rebirth cycle. Are they ausras? And if they are created to ...
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Does rebirth conflict with evolution?

I'm trying to understand how modern Buddhism deals with our current scientific understanding. Science indicates that life began on this planet with a small set of life forms. So there was a point in ...
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Law of Karma in the Buddha's own words

Where can I find the law of karma and rebirth in Buddha's own words? Which scripture mentions it explicitly, as told by Buddha, and accepted by all sects of Buddhism?
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Why are beings born?

Does anyone have an explanation as to how Buddha explains the reasons as to why are beings born? What is the reason for birth?
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Does Buddhism explain the past karma, and rebirth, of a short-lived fetus?

When the rebirth-linking consciousness arises in the fetus (I read elsewhere at around 26 weeks), but the fetus dies (somehow) prior to or during birth, is it possible to understand why this kind of ...
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What are the issues related to medical treatment that prolongs life of questionable quality?

While reading an answer to How to overcome the suffering of attachement to the body's continued existence (in Western modernity)?, I began to wonder about a related matter. In the answer: In ...
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How is a Dalai Lama chosen? And can it be a woman?

The 14th Dalai Lama is about 80 now. How will the next one be chosen or elected? Does the Dalai Lama himself decide, and has this already been decided? Are they, like the Catholics, 'voting' on ...
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What's the Buddhist perspective on permanently eradicating bedbugs? (Extinction)

On one hand, killing... On the other hand, if there are no bedbugs (extinct status) no one can be reborn as a bedbug. The species causes more suffering then good. Perhaps it would be worth it to ...
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Why do beings, even in lower/hell realms, like their lives?

As to Lord Buddha beings suffer because they were born: Jaathi pachchaya jara marana soka paridewa dukka domanassa upayasa sambhawanthi From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & ...
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Ābhassara Brahma World for anyone?

According to Buddhism someone who reach a higher level of Meditation (Samadhi) would be born in the Brahma realm. These beings are not sexually attracted to female gender (They don't have a female ...
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Brahmas and Devas?

Are Brahmas and Devas the same thing in different levels or are they two entirely different beings. I am asking this because if see the first teaching of Lord Buddha (Dhamma chakka pawaththana) there ...
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Bad births and not so Bad births?

As we know there are lower realms mentioned in Buddhism, like the animal realm. If you have heard the story of the "Alavaka yaksha/yakkha" (He was an evil being by birth) You might also think "If ...
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What is the difference between “Bhāva” and “Ātman” in Pali

I have read in Buddhist text, Buddhism is about "Bhāva" and not "Ātman". What is the difference between "Bhāva" and "Ātman"?
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Does Buddhism teach about “Parallel worlds”

I have heard something called "Mangala Sakwala" (The special universe or galaxy where lord Buddhas are born) This is a real puzzle for me because does it mean that there are many other worlds like ...
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11th Soul - last lessons

My niece has very wrinkled palms and a Buddhist man all dressed in orange took her little 6 year old hand and told her it was a very special thing to have. He told her that her palms showed she was ...
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Can rebirth-linking conciousness (patisandhi-citta) actually be rooted in knowledge?

With dependent origination (paṭiccasamuppāda) underlying much of the doctrinal aspects of the Buddha's teaching - and all formation having concomitance to avijja as condition, is it correct to assume ...
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When do I realize that I am free from rebirth?

By following the Buddha's Path, when will I realize that I am free from rebirth and suffering? Is there any indication or sign ? Does one knows it at one's death bed?
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What is Buddhism's view on past lives?

I have often come across this - our past karma will bear its fruits in the present life or in the future one. So how does one identify the events is the because of past karma? Where is information ...
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Stream winner reborn as human

If someone enters the stream and becomes a sotapanna (stream winner), then he would have at most, seven lifetimes left. What the stream is, is defined in this answer as: This noble eightfold path — ...
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Is there person without consciousness?

If we consider person(Arthma) as a consciousness. When undergoing an operation, we are temporarily unconscious. Then what happens to that person while unconscious? Some related discussion are here: ...
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Is it necessary for a Buddhist to believe that existence is suffering?

It appears that Buddhism depends on a central premise -- that all worldly existence = suffering / dukkha. Are there Buddhist teachers or traditions that teach a joyous approach to worldly life? Are ...
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Husband and wife for hundreds of times of consecutive rebirth. How?

In Theravada Buddhism, once a person dies he or she will be reborn immediately. Each person dies at a different time. How is it possible for a husband and a wife to meet again in the future ...
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Scientific Reincarnation Research

Buddhists often cite the research of people like Ian Stevenson or Jim Tucker in support of their views on rebirth. My understanding however is that these researchers consider their evidence supports ...
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What are Kusala roots?

What are Kusala roots, how are they determined, what effects do they have? And where in the Buddha's teaching are they mentioned? Thank you.
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Any instance in the pali canon where a sotāpanna born as a human?

According to the Theravada Buddhism, a sotāpanna can be born in 7 existence in kama-loka which includes human realm. Yê ariya saccâni vibhâvayanti - gambhira paññnêna sudêsitâni, Kincâpi tê ...
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What kind of births are recognized in Buddhism?

There are different kinds of birth in Buddhism, depending on what realm one is reborn in. What are these kinds of birth?
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Can a human being reside both in this world and Nirvana at the same time?

I've heard Samsara as the term to describe a world with suffering. And it's my simple understanding that Nirvana is the absence of suffering. Correct me if I'm mistaken. My question is fairly simple, ...
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How does the force of ones karma determine where the mind stream goes?

"On the other hand, superior Bodhisattvas, who have attained the path of seeing, are not reborn through the force of their karma and destructive emotions, but due to the power of their compassion for ...
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If Rebirth is not taken literally then why seek Enlightenment?

I've read that some Buddhists do not believe in the literality of rebirth. As someone who is new to the study of Buddhism, this is confusing to me. My understanding, which perhaps is incorrect, is ...
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How can the theory of emptiness be true and yet the self still transmigrates and takes rebirth?

The Theory of "Emptiness" is the concept that all phenomenon are empty of inherent existence. Something has the illusion of existence when the right causes and conditions arise. Example: there is no ...
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Will Karma 'balance out' in most cases by the end of a lifetime?

So, let me start with the disclaimer that I am not a Buddhist and I am just asking this to further my understanding. Either way, the thing I was wondering about, does Buddhism hold that in most ...
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Can all human beings potentially be enlightened in this lifetime?

Does any Buddhist school or tradition make the assertion that all human beings have the capacity to be enlightened in this lifetime? Or to put it the other way are there groups of people who it just ...
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Is Nirvana redundant?

I'm confused over Buddhism's lack of afterlife, yet belief in rebirth. If there is no soul, how can there be rebirth? What happens to the five aggregates after death? Consciousness in Nibbana From ...