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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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Infinite rebirth, finite kamma?

According to this Jainpedia page on Jain teachings on karma: The karmas accrued over a lifetime trap the soul in the cycle of births. The karmas mature by affecting the soul or the physical body of ...
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Why does Buddhism use the word "realm" when describing one of the different races?

Buddhism isn't concerned with genetics, the phyla of biology, or social categories like race. When Buddhism talks about 'realms of reincarnation,' it is referring to the incarnation of certain mental ...
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Saṃsāra vs Saṃskāra

This Glossary transliterates it as saṃsāra and saṅkhāra The PTS dictionary has it as: saŋsāra and sankhāra Note: The PTS dictionary defines the saŋ prefix as meaning something like, "one&...
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Saṃsāra vs Saṃskāra

As other people said, sam- stands for "togetherness", "sara" stands for "flowing" and "kara" stands for "making". So the two words are, roughly, "...
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Is it possible to be reborn for all eternity?

Many people are interested in living forever (eg Christians) because such people do not think living is suffering. Instead, they wish to spend forever with their loved ones. That is why they are not ...
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What will be a video game version of Buddhist Samsara be like?

Whenever you die, it shows a blind turtle, in a deep slumber, in the depth of the ocean. At the surface of the ocean, a small yoke moves around randomly. You have to wait for days before you can ...
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Would total annihilation of Humanity cause Nirvana for everyone?

The human realm is only one of the thirty one planes of existence mentioned in Buddhist sutras. If all of humanity is wiped out, we will likely end up in the other realms. Even when a world cycle ends ...
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What will be a video game version of Buddhist Samsara be like?

It's an RPG-style game where you run, shoot enemies, collect coins, but every five minutes your character dies of old age and loses all progress, respawn at a random place. The more enemies you kill, ...
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After Nibbana, can one be reborn again in Samsara?

Mahayana perspective: "bodhi and nirvana are hitching posts for donkeys" -- Lin-ji There is no "before" and "after nirvana". It is timeless and self-existing. There is no "one" to attain Nirvana ...
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Plato's Parmenides, Samsara and Nirvana

The 'two truths' in Pali Buddhism are different to the 'two truths' in Mahayana Buddhism. Possibly, the 'two truths' of Mahayana Buddhism are more relevant to Plato's Parmenides. In Pali Buddhism, ...
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Is samsara real?

The law of Kamma is that one’s actions will have consequences. A natural extension of the law of Kamma is the validity of the rebirth process (samsara). It is because the result of a kamma can bear ...
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In the movie Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring, why does the master cry?

My question is: why would the master cries before the immolation? The "Winter" segment of the movie kind of gave the hint. Notice in this segment, after being paroled from prison for the crime of ...
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Why are plants not sentient beings?

Can it be immoral to kill a plant? It's contrary to the Vinaya for monks -- I don't know whether you consider that as implying that it's "immoral". DESTROYING VEGETATION The common belief ...
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Fear of Samsara in Others

You are beginning to notice the natural behaviors that we all carry out. This is a great thing as most people don't even take a moment to understand their behavior or how/why it functions that way. As ...
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What's the ordering of 6 realms of rebirth?

The Pali scriptures say: Mendicants, there are five destinations. What five? Hell, the animal realm, the ghost realm, humanity and the gods. Nirayo, tiracchānayoni, pettivisayo, manussā, devā— AN 9....
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What does Samsara mean to Buddhists? How is it meaningful?

Well, let's start with the thought that 'meaning' is part of samsara: a focal object. Wanting meaning isn't much different than wanting fame, glory, power, wealth, or beautiful partners. If you have ...
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Why does Buddhism use the word "realm" when describing one of the different races?

I think it's a translation of loka which is also translated "world" or "plane".
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Is it possible to be reborn for all eternity?

First, if I may, I will correct one misunderstanding: Enlightenment = free from rebirth =/= not no MORE rebirth... Enlightenment means one will not be bounded on the wheel of destiny--rather one ...
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Is the world inherently good or is it something to be shunned?

Tibetan schools of Mahayana are pretty clear on this: our experience of the world is projection of our mind. So when the mind is afflicted, in various ways - it sees the world as bad or ugly, in ...
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Is the world inherently good or is it something to be shunned?

In Buddhism, there is the notion that we can use a skillful technique or theme of thinking, which is the best technique or theme of thinking that it is suited for a particular situation, for a ...
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What does dogen's genjo-koan mean?

Dogen is pointing to emptiness. When the self drops, you realise you are one with the ten thousand things, and there is no more I and them. Enlightenment, path, etc are no more than concepts. The ...
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What will be a video game version of Buddhist Samsara be like?

Record Karma points separately for each action. Both good and bad. The next level should be picked based on the following precedence of actions. The action(good or bad) with the highest Karma points ...
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Literature on ending Samsara on micro scale

First of all, let me confirm that your perspective is valid. Most of my teachers held similar views. For example, my Zen Master used to say that rebirth occurs every second. My Tibetan Buddhism ...
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How is the pendulum understood in Buddhism?

The only thing I heard about pendulum in Buddhism was a metaphor used by my first teacher. He said, in the past people used to fluctuate, like a pendulum, between being extremely spiritual in one life ...
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Have Buddhas escaped samsara?

Regret requires aversion and ignorance. It's ignorance that makes one think that there's anything worth in Samsara to miss. Enlightened beings(Arahaths and Buddhas) have uprooted all defilements. So ...
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If you cannot can save others then why is your practice more worthy than anything else?

Generosity, kind words and helpfulness are all meaningful in Buddhism, however small. Every Buddhist and non-Buddhist should practise it. See the next 3 quotes from the suttas. From Vaccha Sutta: "...
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Possibility of nothing but all-encompassing, absolute Nibbana without Samsara? If so, is sustainability possible (and how)?

I think that nibbana is defined as the end of suffering -- which occurs with the end of craving (as defined by the noble truths). The end of craving happens (permanently) when the various causes of ...
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