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Where do “new” humans come from?

We are not necessarily re-incarnations of prior human beings. There are 31 planes of existence in Buddhism. So the present human beings could result from any of the 26 planes out of 31 planes of ...
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Is rebirth essential to Buddhist philosophy?

From Ven. Bodhi's excellent short essay "Dhamma Without Rebirth?": The aim of the Buddhist path is liberation from suffering, and the Buddha makes it abundantly clear that the suffering from which ...
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Does DN2 and MN36 provide an irrefutable statement on the fact of rebirth?

In response to the comment of Ilya Grushevskiy Rebirth has everything to do with the Buddhist soteriology because if it weren't for rebirth suffering could have been easily ended at natural death or ...
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"Lower rebirth" -- Are animals really "lower" than us?

So can I still be a Buddhist, with these beliefs? Yes of course. Maybe don't over-idealise animals though, e.g. a real dog might chase and kill grass-hoppers or mice or anything else unless you stop ...
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What is happening to Lord Buddha after "parinirvana"?

Nothing Because there is no person to happen anything, and there is no samsara. So that's The End. When a person achieves nirvana , there is no person anymore. Death is not the end of a person, ...
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"Lower rebirth" -- Are animals really "lower" than us?

Personally I would rather come back as an animal than a human. They seem more peaceful, humans are constantly thinking and doing and stressing about things. Be very careful what you wish for. You ...
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With my interpretation of 'rebirth', can I become a Buddhist and become accepted within a Buddhist community?

You don't have to believe in rebirth. Rebirth concept in Buddhism is not as simple as simple as reincarnation anyway. It's actually better if you don't hold any blind beliefs in Buddhism since it is ...
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Questions about strong acceptance of rebirth?

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 ...
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How can people meet again after rebirth?

If you both have: (1) compatible faith (sama,saddhā), (2) compatible virtue (sama,silā), (3) compatible charity (sama,cāgā), (4) compatible wisdom (sama,pannā). Sama,jivi Sutta 1 With the balance of ...
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How to redeem a wasted youth?

So Buddhism says a lot of things. One is that unhappiness is caused by "craving" i.e. by wanting things to be other than as they are (or by wanting impermanent things to continue) Another is that ...
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How do Buddhists that think of karma figuratively do so about rebirth?

I think of karma, seeds of karma, and fruits of karma as individual's action, latent effects of such action, and individual experience resulting from past action, correspondingly. Nothing more, ...
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Heterosexual attraction in rebirth process?

Detailed description of the rebirth process appeared in the Garbhāvakrānti Sutra and the Abhidharmakośa, with the former being written first. AFAIK, both of these texts are significant in Tibetan ...
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Hate myself more and more wish to die

You should keep on living, sorry. I have to deal with what my karma has to deal me as well. This is me now. Live forever! I am, I have no legs. I know that is nothing compared to a stroke. But you ...
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Can new beings come into existence without this existence being a rebirth?

The beginnings of samsara and the precise working out of kamma is basically unknown, unknowable and may bring madness and vexation to anyone speculating on them. Transmigration (samsara) has no known ...
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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. I read Dr. Weiss's "Many Lives Many ...
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Life Duration and Rebirth

Life expectancy (Ayu-Kalpa) changes, but not related to any individual's progress. This is related to the whole society itself. Ayu-Kalpa - a variable time span representing the life expectancy of ...
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What is happening to Lord Buddha after "parinirvana"?

I am not as knowledgeable in these matters as many others I see in this Exchange, but it seems to me that the answer to this question might fall under the categories of the 14 Unanswered Questions #'s ...
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What is happening to Lord Buddha after "parinirvana"?

It is something undeclared by The Buddha. These four views are undeclared by The Buddha: After death a Tathāgata exists After death a Tathāgata does not exist After death a Tathāgata both exists &...
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If there are no past and future lives, why should we practice Buddhism?

There is no real difference between: this current moment in life with future moments afterwards with Nirvana as the climax and this current life with a string of lives afterwards with Nirvana as ...
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Will I be reindividualised after death?

Will I be reindividualised after death? Perhaps the answer depends on whether you are "individualized" now? In this answer, Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu wrote (emphasis mine), I've talked about the ...
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Why does Buddhism seem to have more than one goal?

Traditional Mahayana answer is: because of different "capacities". People of "lower capacity" only care about fulfilling basic desires, perhaps just the animal instincts, - then going up the ladder we ...
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Rebirth, nibbana, and anatta

Anatta isn't something which continues- it just refers to the lack of an inherent (non-dependent) self nature, which is true of everything, everywhere and always. Contemplating dependent origination ...
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