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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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Why is life so important?

The first book I read about Buddhism described the Sermon at Benares, i.e. the Dhammacakkappavattana, as explaining that the cause of suffering (the second noble truth) is, ... the craving to have ...
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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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How does Buddhism reconcile evolution with reincarnation?

It's important to keep in mind the true pupose of a reincarnated Teacher: "As long as sentient being remain, may I too remain and dispel the miseries of the world". If there was no one left, then the ...
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Why is life so important?

You shouldn't even think about things like suicide. Thoughts will be full of negative emotions and states that it will drag you to lower planes. When you are doing the act you will have negative ...
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Why is life so important?

Have you been to see a doctor about this? Depression can cause life to lack appeal. Why is life worth living is one of those questions that cannot be answered in words, it's an inner feeling that ...
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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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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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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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Why is life so important?

The sutta doesn't say that the Buddha allowed him to commit suicide. When Mara reported this to the Buddha, venerable Godhika committed suicide. Then the Buddha saw what has happened and said that he ...
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Why is life so important?

This Scientific American article describes some of the benefits of mindfulness: As a remedy for depression and anxiety, mindfulness meditation may help patients let go of negative thoughts ...
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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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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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Why is life so important?

The following only is relevant if you follow Buddhism\ the following are all from Shantideva's text: "Upon finding the boat of human birth now, cross the great river of suffering. O fool, there is ...
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First life in samsara

From the Buddha's famous "Tears" sutta: At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: "From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings ...
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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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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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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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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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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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