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The question is basically, why is belief in literal rebirth (reincarnation) a problem. I won't address every OP point here, just make four theses: Rebirth is self. Self is rebirth. Whenever there is belief in rebirth, there is attachment to self. You can't possibly believe in rebirth without having a notion of entity (identity) that is getting reborn. ...


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From the viewpoint of Buddhist practise, as explained in SN 22.81, 'atta' ('self') refers to an ignorance created 'thought formation' (sankhara) that ignorantly assumes self-identity & ownership in relation to any of the five aggregates. This ignorant assumption of self-identity & ownership is central in the generation of suffering, as explained in ...


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The question(s) certainly state merely a view rather to ask something, how ever, this view(s) seems to confuse a lot, basicly two things: Believe with fact. If one believes that his action has no effects, or at least hopes so, does not change the fact of it. So when mixing up, and stay just on theoretical ways, not really looking for one self, one tends to ...


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1a. Is strong acceptance of rebirth in the above scenario, a result of craving? Why? Yes. A strong acceptance of rebirth is a result of craving, which was also confirmed by the Buddha in this sutta: 30."There are, bhikkhus, some recluses and brahmins who are eternalists, and who on four grounds proclaim the self and the world to be eternal. And owing ...


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'Suppose person X'.. 1a. X = Self. 2a. No - 'life' ends for the Arahant at nibbana, not parinibbana.. that there is a remainder is nothing to do with the Arahant's striving/determination. 3a. 'there is NO WAY' - based on what direct observation? MN 27. 4a. Can't accept something without having a view of something.. well, you can, but not within the ...


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Something that is permanent, continuous, controllable, malleable to one's expectation, something that results only in pleasantness, etc. can be considered self. Unfortunately there isn't. Even Nirvana cannot be and should not be identified with self. If 'Atta' is physical body? Body is subjected to old age, decay and death hence not self. You leave your ...


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“Science can give no assurance herein Buddhism can meet the atomic challenge, because the supra mundane knowledge of Buddhism begins where science leaves off. And this is clear enough to anyone who has made a study of Buddhism. For, through Buddhist meditation, the atomic constituents make up matter have been seen and felt, and the sorrow, or un-...


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It is possible to bend the Buddha's message (if you so wish to do) because the Buddha never denied Atta in an Essential sense, he only pointed out that within empirical experience (all the way up to the perception of cessation) no 'thing' can be said to be constant and unchanging, as a self would be required to be.. hence the Mulapariyaya Sutta. Whilst the ...


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