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OP: Why are we “trapped” in cyclic rebirth? The short answer is ignorance. OP: If we are being held against our will, who or what has set this trap? The short answer is ignorance. If you have to ask, "where does ignorance come from?", Buddhism does not answer that - please see the Parable of the Poisoned Arrow to understand why this is ...


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It's because of ignorance about you and the world. For enlighten man there was no one who actually in bondage, no one striving for, no one gets released. What is got released then and keeps one bound here in samsara? The answer is ignorance. Well! It's you! It's your desire to clinging to life and not giving up. You keeps rolling on the wheel. You are the ...


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I feel it is important to recognize that there is a different meaning to “trapped” than just “held against one’s will.” Samsara traps our (colloquially speaking) ignorance, the way mountains tend to trap clouds and fog. This keeps us focused on samsaric existence, so we keep returning to it. Through our Buddhist practice (whatever variety, but especially ...


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As with all of my questions, I am seeking a person who has experienced and truly knows the answer. Hopefully, and with respect I am not seeking mere recital of texts ☺️ I prefer people speaking from experience. It’s one thing to learn from an ancient text, and completely different to learn from another who has come to experience the truth the text was ...


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There's a bit of folklore which claims that hunters used to create monkey traps by putting a piece of fruit inside a heavy jar with a narrow opening. A monkey would slip its hand into the jar to get the fruit, but once it had the fruit its fist would be too large to fit back out through the opening. The monkey would be unable to pull its fist out, and ...


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If we are trapped in Cyclic Rebirth, we are then being held against our will.. If we are being held against our will, what or who has set this trap? If I escape, where am I escaping too? There's no such thing as being held against our will when it comes to cyclic existence in this Samsara. Every single person is both the owner and the inmate inside this ...


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Who is that "we" which is trapped? It seems to me that these questions are based on the assumption of an "I" who can be found separated from the conditions that made the perception of "I" or the constituents of beings possible. There seems to be a differenciation between the "we" and the "trap". If the ...


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If we are being held against our will, what or who has set this trap? We are not held against our will. We are deeply relishing the sensual pleasures. We are craving for sensual pleasures... we are ignorant. We are fools. From ignorance comes volitional formations , from volitional formation comes the consciousness , from consciousness comes the name and ...


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If we are being held against our will, what or who has set this trap? The conditioned nature of, well... all things contributes to setting the trap. Conditioning is a fundamental state of the world, essentially. In conjunction, the human tendency to act on emotions also plays a role in becoming entrapped. Together these things interact in a way that makes ...


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Good householder, also here, wanted to become here, take birth and hold on existance. Neither did one really call him, and even if, it would be finally his decision, nor was and is/could he be forced. So nobody else in charge of being bound then oneself at first place. Good householder will maintain himself here as long there are left merits to do so and as ...


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Death is not the end of the story. As a Buddhist you must have achieved cessation of craving to avoid taking rebirth. But if you have not achieved cessation of craving the whole mass of suffering will reappear as rebirth. What kind of rebirth it will be depends upon the nature of craving in the past life. There are 3 kinds of cravings : craving for sensual ...


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@Sue_Hamilton: you asked, “How can I clearly see the lessons my soul needs to learn this lifetime?” The way this can be accomplished is through a continuing and serious meditative practice. In short, by training you mind, achieving tranquillity, and then, while in such a tranquil state, opening your heart to the possibility of the answer you seek manifesting ...


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Many new to Buddhism are stuck into these matters and created a feeling of discomfort, including myself. But when I longer study Buddhism, it leads me to study something easier to understand like Karma in current life instead of past life. I.e. how to utilize the SWOT analysis soft skill? If you are talking about past life, likely it will lead to past life ...


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The human brain takes around 7 years to completely mature. Hence why the youngest age where people become Arahats is at age 7, with the exception of a few. It takes 9 months for a human baby to be fully formed, so memories from the past lives are forgotten in this time. Devas (Divine Beings) and Prethas (Hungry Ghosts) and other beings that are born ...


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There is no comparison you kill the poor insect, than you kill your own soul. The soul is guide, own light, immortal. When you forget soul, you are in pain. Its not a wonder that one's body dies, but a great wonder that they think soul dies. Their soul is already dead. Shruti proclaim, 'Soul is immortal, my dear', its your guide, inner master, guide and ...


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Try to grab a snake by its mouth. It will bite you. Your wrong grasping of Dhamma can land you in many moral dilemmas and can create existential crisis. The precepts are meant for those who have seriously committed to the 8 fold path. Being a householder you have to take care of yourself , your family , your society etc. You can’t just sit worrying about ...


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I wanted to ask how Buddhism explains why we don't remember our past lives? Sabbe Dhamma Anatta. Memory is not me, mine or myself. If so, how do you expect to remember past lives? Why bother with the Buddhist path when we will not remember this temporary life in our next? We do not wish to return. No more rebirths. We wish that this is the last birth of ...


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Remember, if life isn't working out for you this time round, you must have been really bad in the last life.


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The question is about common interpretations of AN 4.123.


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Why are these called old kamma (purāṇakammā)? Is it because of rebirth? No. It appears to be the very opposite. The sutta appears to be dismissing the ordinary common view about 'rebirth', similar to AN 3.61, which dismisses the common view that happiness and suffering are due former kamma (pubbekata). The suttas SN 35.136 & SN 12.37 literally say this ...


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Suppose I have a bullet mark on my shoulder, what would we call it ? A result of old kamma. Something which happened in the past but has now ceased happening. The wound has healed. In the past the bullet injury was the source of my suffering but it no more can be called a source of suffering. Similarly when looking at eye we say it is due to an old kamma. In ...


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I think I've found one possible answer, so I will answer my own question, but I will not accept it. The sutta quoted in the question states that the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind are old kamma, but it doesn't say WHOSE old kamma it is. The sutta below answers that question. So, the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind definitely arise due to old ...


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