Sorry to bring this back up, but I just read through this thread and found a quote that can be directly refuted by a sutta.
clw_uk wrote:Furthermore the Buddha didnt state that life was suffering, if he did then suicide might be a good option, what he said is there is suffering which comes to be because of clinging to things and so having a sense of "I" or"me"
There is a case where the Buddha finds no fault in suicide - in the case of an Arahat who has ended all rebirth.
The relevant passages from MN 144: Channovāda Sutta:
"Soon after they had gone venerable Channa took a weapon and put an end to his life."
"Sariputta, if someone gives up this body and seizes another, I say it is a fault
. In the bhikkhu that fault is not apparent. Bhikkhu Channa took his life faultlessly."http://www.dhammaweb.net/Tipitaka/read.php?id=178
Ven. Channa took his life in this case because he knew he would not "seize" another body, and also because his pains were increasing. From this it is clear that it's not just a matter of letting go of the sense of self. It is clear that the Buddha's teaching (from the Canon at least, which is our earliest source) is ultimately about ending literal rebirth.
Also, I think it's a good idea to be open to the possibility of rebirth, since denying that literal rebirth happens is wrong view (miccā-ditti). From AN 10.176 Cunda Kammaraputta Sutta,
"He has wrong view, is warped in the way he sees things: 'There is nothing given, nothing offered, nothing sacrificed. There is no fruit or result of good or bad actions. There is no this world, no next world, no mother, no father, no spontaneously reborn beings
; no priests or contemplatives who, faring rightly & practicing rightly, proclaim this world & the next after having directly known & realized it for themselves.' This is how one is made impure in three ways by mental action."http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
This does not mean just blindly holding to the view that rebirth is true - since there's a difference between believing and really seeing for oneself, but at least not holding the view that literal rebirth does not happen, and being open to the possibility that the Buddha knew way more than us (conviction or saddhā can help a lot here).
Hope this clears things up.