Mawkish1983 wrote:Isn't 're-becoming' a better term than rebirth? I don't think it's a minor semantic issue.
In MN43 the Mahavedalla Sutta it is said:
"And how is further becoming in the future brought about?"
"The delight, now here, now there, of beings hindered by ignorance & fettered by craving: That's how further becoming in the future is brought about."
The Pali passage is
kathaṃ panāvuso, āyatiṃ punabbhavābhinibbatti hotī"ti?
avijjānīvaraṇānaṃ V kho, āvuso, sattānaṃ taṇhāsaṃyojanānaṃ tatratatrābhinandanā evaṃ āyatiṃ punabbhavābhinibbatti hotī"ti.
The term used here is "punabbhavābhinibbatti" which is
"bhava" becoming, existence,
"abhinibbati" birth, becoming.
So you could say for example "birth or becoming again in
existence" or (which I prefer) "birth/becoming again of
existence". However one may arrange the terms, the difficulty I see is, that the first example (using in
) implies something to be born again supporting the belief in a self, whereas the second example (using of
) doesn't support the idea of common rebirth. It reveals that it is becoming or existence (bhava) which arises again keeping the wheel turning, because when there's bhava there's jāti and the whole mass of dhukka. The misunderstanding of that is, in my eyes, the main reason for all the disscussions about "rebirth" or "re-becoming" or "what ever one may call it".
just my two cents...
best wishes, acinteyyo