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If there is no soul or self, why did the Buddha speak of his past lives?

How is it possible that he had past lives? Because until he became the Buddha he hadn't eliminated craving. Craving leads to clinging, clinging leads to becoming, becoming leads to birth. how did ...
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Should a Buddhist be afraid of death?

Isn't this an obvious question? Should a Christian not "desire a wife of his neighbor", nor steal, nor mention God's name in vain etc. - but some still do. "A Buddhist" just like &...
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Why do Buddhists believe in reincarnation?

There is rebirth in Buddhism, for sure, but rebirth of what? When we say "rebirth", we mean that something that we can peg onto as YOU, is born again after physical death. But what is YOU? The soul ...
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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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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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Why would existence remove my knowledge after reicarnation?

why would nature be so cruel "Cruel" sounds like dukkha -- as if nature were ill-willed and unkind, and we were averse to that. So I guess that's among the many kinds of view or perception that we ...
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Should a Buddhist be afraid of death?

The belief in reincarnation takes away the fear of death but it does not mean one has to act in a suicidal way or go on inviting death in any way. Buddhism has a deep respect for life as in this human ...
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Samsaric knowledge

Habits practiced over many lifetimes persist. Say there is monkey born as a monkey over 500 lifetimes and subsequently born human. The tendency to be a bit jumpy will persist. The other knowledge you ...
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What are some Buddhist ininterpretations of claims of past-life memories?

An answer to this question is in the Khajjanīya Sutta. The Khajjanīya Sutta explains life is comprised of five aggregates, namely: (i) body; (ii) feelings; (iii) perceptions; (iv) mental formations; &...
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Consciousness, death and reincarnation

why do people still believing in this concept? Only because they feel safer? That sounds like a question which ought to have been answered by this earlier question: What's the value or harm of a ...
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Does self end after death?

In the Dhammapada 153-154, we find the Buddha exclaiming: Through the round of many births I roamed without reward, without rest, seeking the house-builder. Painful is birth again & ...
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Is it better to be born with health, wealth, beauty and intelligence or not taking birth in this miserable and temporary world at all?

The Pali suttas say: The way that leads to being beautiful is not having an angry and irritable character; even when criticised a lot, one is not offended, does not become angry, hostile and ...
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What is the appeal of not Re-incarnating?

The Buddha clearly rebuked the idea of consciousness/mind that runs and wanders on [from birth to birth] in Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta (MN 38). "Exactly so, lord. As I understand the Dhamma taught ...
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if rebirth/reincarnation is true then what is your first birth/incarnation?

Do you think someone might have asked that question before? According to Access to Insight, many of the suttas include the following quote, At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: "From an ...
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Scientific Reincarnation Research

As far as I'm aware, experiments of Dr.Ian Stevenson are referred to by Buddhists to convince materialists & the followers of monotheistic religions that there's a Samsara. There's no intention of ...
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How can the idea of reincarnation be true if all the information of who we are is already destroyed

Because our consciousness can only persist in our brain. When the brain is destroyed, our consciousness is destroyed as well. Not necessarily but the brain helps as a more convenient store, hence ...
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What did the Buddha say about reincarnation?

Of course the Buddha wouldn't have used the word "reincarnation" because that's English (we've been talking on Meta recently about some difficulties translating Buddhist vocabulary into ...
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What happens to grasping at 'self' after termination of life?

In case one, there is re-birth - hence he continues with grasping. In the second case (for an Arahant), there is no rebirth.
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Questions to deniers of traditional view on Rebirth

1. If there's no rebirth, what happens after death of a non-arahant? Does a new life ensue dependent on the one which has just ended? Life continues all the time. New lives inherit some ...
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Is the belief in no rebirth conditioned by craving?

Post-mortem rebirth? Isn't post-mortem implied in the common understanding of the word rebirth? Sounds like you are trying so hard to be in conformity with someone's custom usage of words. :) Is ...
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Beliefs about the 14th Dalai Lama

The institution of the Dalai Lama, as an emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, is officially recognized only by Tibetan Buddhism. The concept of tulku where teachers like the Dalai Lama, ...
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Should a Buddhist be afraid of death?

Summary ("Bottom Line Up Front") Buddhists should "fear" (or at least "avoid") other things than death -- for example immorality, heedlessness, causing harm. Here for ...
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Should a Buddhist be afraid of death?

One aspect that strikes me is that the Buddhist should also consider the driver of the car. Stepping in harm's way is not kind to the other party, apart from potentially putting both parties in harm. ...
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Have any historical texts identified whether a reincarnated soul's true identity can be identified?

I can't offer you the Jewish yarmulke, but I can try to explain the Buddhist Yamaka. The Yamaka Sutta is one of the texts you can read. There are more in this answer. Another one is the Vina Sutta. ...
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Hate myself more and more wish to die

We do not have absolute control over our next birth. But that doesn't mean we cannot affect it. Buddhists view each human life as a blessing that they received. In numerous occasions Lord Budhdha has ...
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If there is no soul or self, why did the Buddha speak of his past lives?

There is no independent soul, there is no independent self. Everything depends on something. Buddha's past life depends on his past deeds. Thus there are souls and self but they are dependent on ...
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