17. (8) "Again, the Tathagata recollects his manifold past lives, that is, one birth, two births, three births, four births, five births, ten births, twenty births, thirty births, forty births, fifty births, a hundred births, a thousand births, a hundred thousand births, many aeons of world-contraction, many aeons of world-expansion, many aeons of world-contraction and expansion: 'There I was so named, of such a clan, with such an appearance, such was my nutriment, such my experience of pleasure and pain, such my life-term; and passing away from there, I reappeared elsewhere; and there too I was so named, of such a clan, with such an appearance, such was my nutriment, such my experience of pleasure and pain, such my life-term; and passing away from there, I reappeared here.' Thus with their aspects and particulars he recollects his manifold past lives. That too is a Tathagata's power...
mikenz66 wrote:More details in Digha Nikaya 27 Aggañña Sutta, which I can't see on line.
I realize that this doesn't seem to be included in the Suttas
Ben wrote:Hi Adam
Please don't take this the wrong way, but, would it not be more fruitful to concentrate on those things that are conducive to liberation?
Life is very short.
adamposey wrote:I realize that this doesn't seem to be included in the Suttas, but I'd love to hear some theories on this one. Buddhism in almost all forms that I've read about, acknowledges that all things will eventually pass, right? So.. what happens when this world goes the way of all things?
Let's say that a giant asteroid were to collide with Earth tomorrow, functionally bringing all life on earth to an end. Is rebirth after this possible? Would we all be foisted into one of the upper realms? Different place entirely?
I'm not expecting a real hard answer because this is all theory. I'm just curious and itching for a discussion. We talk about having thousands of rebirths, but wouldn't some world-ending calamity stop all that?
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