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Why do we so desperately want to believe that we were once eagles or lions and some person’s relation, despite genetics saying no? Here is what I believe: we either had one past life where were once immortals, our real selves from before the past. The other possibility in my mind is that after the first rebirth, we became God’s enemies and we were killed by ...


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I know really little of Mahayana doctrine, sorry. For a start some people talk about "perception" rather than "appearance". The "appearance" of a thing sounds like it's some inherent property of that thing -- which is contradicted by the doctrine on emptiness, isn't it? Whereas "perception" talks about how (and/or whether) you perceive it -- if "...


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Here is an essay I did a few years ago that may help. Buddhism and the Idea of Evolution How is evolution seen in the Pali? It is the subtle nature of Darwin's theory of evolution that it plays into the hands of the Devil (so to speak); that is, relying on the idea of the evolution of species, there is little ground for personal evolution: doing good, ...


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This is a good question for all to think about. We know that although humans were around for 200,000 years, their brains were not developed (to understand any form of reality) until about 7000 years ago. Till then they had only three things in mind- eat, reproduce and sleep- not much better than animals. When our minds developed then we began to think about ...


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