Beginner's question about reincarnation.

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Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Postby clw_uk » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:29 pm

Good article here, should answer your question


Whether or not there is rebirth is not the fundamental question, because once one is born here and now, there is dukkha like this and it must be quenched like this. Even if you are born again, dukkha is like this and must be quenched in the same way. Why bother talking about birth or no birth? Talk only about how dukkha arises and how dukkha is quenched. Just this is already enough. For this reason the Buddha taught anattā. Once anattā is fully realized, there is no dukkha. When there is no attā, dukkha isn't born, anymore. Therefore, he taught the quenching of dukkha, that is, he taught this matter of not-self. The teaching of anattā is essential for the ending of dukkha. Arguments and discussions about whether there is rebirth or not area waste of time. Whether "it" will be born or not, there is still this business of quenching dukkha like this. It's better to speak about this quenching of dukkha instead. This quenching of dukkha is the fact that there is no attā, is understanding that everything is anattā. (33)

We can conclude by saying that if you understand anattā correctly and truly, then you will discover for yourself that there is no rebirth and no reincarnation. The matter is finished.



http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... ebirth.pdf

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the wingèd life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.

William Blake

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Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:37 pm

:goodpost:
Through corruption of the Dhamma comes corruption of the discipline, and from corruption of the discipline comes corruption of the Dhamma. This is the first future danger as yet unarisen that will arise in the future. You should recognize it and make an effort to prevent it. (AN 5.79)

"If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good." - Thomas J. Watson

Never again...

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Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Postby Riverbend » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:27 am

Wow, thank you. I suppose the point is that rebirth isn't the point.
I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees. There is you'll agree a certain je ne se quoi oh so very special about a firm young carrot. [Uncle Monty -- Withnail & I.]

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Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Postby PeterB » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:31 am

retrofuturist wrote::goodpost:


Oh yes indeedy... :clap:

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Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Postby PeterB » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:34 am

Riverbend wrote:Wow, thank you. I suppose the point is that rebirth isn't the point.


Thats it. After days of hot sunshine and sticky nights a soft refreshing rain has fallen here in England. Everything is born anew. Even the grass smells sweet. Its all here now.

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Re: Beginner's question about reincarnation.

Postby Annapurna » Tue Jun 29, 2010 12:25 pm

And gone tomorrow.
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