Annabel wrote: TheDhamma wrote:
Dhammanando wrote:If by "insights" you mean vipassana knowledges attained, then no. These accumulate in the mental continuum and are never lost, even if one has to wait for some future life for them to be "reactivated".
This is good to know. Some other traditions
place great emphasis on the last thought moment as if nothing else you did in your life matters.
Also, about 2 out of every 3 people over 80 will get Alzheimer's, so in case any of us get that we 'keep' any insights gleaned.
Some other traditions place great emphasis on the last thought moment as if nothing else you did in your life matters.
And which are those?
It is important in the Theravada Tradition:Death-proximate Kamma
The realm where rebirth takes place depends only on the last moment of consciousness at death, but this last moment is conditioned by actions and thoughts done when death is near. So the Buddhist tradition is to encourage dying persons by reminding them of good deeds they have done. Children should try to be equanimous — if they weep or cling to their dying parents this may lead to unwholesome mental states and unfortunate rebirth. The importance of the final moments is clearly illustrated by the following true story from the time of the Buddha.
A large gang of robbers was caught by Buddhists who offered to spare the life of any one of them who would execute all the others. The robber chief, Tambadāthika, volunteered to do this, executed all his former comrades, and remained in public service as the executioner until his old age. On the day that he was due to die, the executioner met Venerable Sāriputta, the chief disciple of the Buddha, and offered his own meal to him. Venerable Sāriputta tried to teach the executioner, but he could not listen attentively due to remorse over his many evil deeds. Venerable Sāriputta then asked him if he had wanted to kill all the people that he had executed. He replied that he had only done what he had to do. This put his mind at rest so that he could pay attention to Venerable Sāriputta’s teaching. By meditating effectively as instructed, the executioner attained a deep stage of insight knowledge close to his death, and when he died he was reborn in a heavenly realm. (see Dhamapada v 100)This shows how important present actions are, compared to past kammas.
Even in the midst of doing evil deeds it is possible to have wholesome thoughts such as, “This action that I am doing is very shameful and is liable to lead to evil consequences.” Conversely, while doing a good deed we can have many unwholesome thoughts such as, “I am a very kind and generous person who only thinks about the benefit of others.” The law of kamma is very profound. To predict the results of a given kamma is only within the understanding of a Buddha or someone like him. Nevertheless, we can easily understand that it is vital to cultivate wholesome thoughts, speech, and deeds at every opportunity. We do not need to cultivate unwholesome thoughts, since they grow like weeds without any encouragement. To purify the mind through meditation is crucial, and to straighten out wrong views we must study the Dhamma thoroughly.http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Pesala/Reb ... birth.html