PeterB wrote:I agree entirely Anna. Thats what I have been arguing on the Rebirth poll. I dont know if post mortem Rebirth is true, just as I dont know if it is untrue and I dont intend to speculate.
I do intend to continue practising Vipassana , and one day I might know beyond speculation.
And Peter, I respect it when you say that you don't know. I appreciate such honesty!
For some reason, I never doubted,..to me all that makes sense...it seems logical...hm...but I know and accept that there are many individual POVs.
Anna I dont doubt...that would need a situation where there are the facts and one takes them or leaves them. I think that the whole question is far more subtle than that...what do we accept or doubt ?
I could point you to a number of different respected commentators with each having a different tale on the issue. So which should we accept ? On the surface it would appear that their is a consensus about what the Buddha taught about Rebirth, and that we either accept it or not.
Dig a little deeper and we find that its not that easy..there is a consensus about what the Buddha did NOT teach. He did not teach a reincarnated soul or atta. But when we ask what he DID teach it becomes much more complex.
And in the end can probably only be understood fully on the cushion after much meditation and the application of sila..