What goes on after death?

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sundara
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What goes on after death?

Postby sundara » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:01 pm

i dont understand why they say that self is not permanant but yet what we are goes on forever i dont get that?

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Re: What goes on after death?

Postby Individual » Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:45 am

sundara wrote:i dont understand why they say that self is not permanant but yet what we are goes on forever i dont get that?

No, self is not simply impermanent. Everything is not self. There is nothing actuall identified by "self" that could even be called permanent or impermanent. But what is called self is impermanent, and even death too is impermanent, as consciousness re-arises in accordance with kamma. It's tough to say what exactly this is like or how it works. I'm really not sure if we could even wrap our minds around it even if there was an attempt to explain by somehow who knew.
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