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Antarabhava

Postby black hole » Tue Jul 10, 2012 4:19 pm

It seems that the concept of Bardo exists in ancient Buddhism: antarabhava. Does anyone have information about this and mostly refrences to suttas?
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Re: Antarabhava

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:45 pm

I could not find the term anywhere in the Tipitaka, its Commentaries, or Subcommentaries.

Its a term from Mahāyāna Buddhism. According to Theravāda Buddhism, rebirth takes place instantly.
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Re: Antarabhava

Postby daverupa » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:52 pm

As far as I can recall, the metaphor of a person moving between houses is the closest the Suttas get to describing any sort of intermediary state (MN 130). It's a very far cry from Bardo, however.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Antarabhava

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:21 pm

You probably meant gandhabba ?

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Gandhabba

'bhuutaa vaa sambhavesii vaa"
"to beings who have come to be and those about to come to be."
Metta Sutta

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?tit ... ween_state
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Re: Antarabhava

Postby kirk5a » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:27 pm

There is this sutta:

"And at the moment when a being sets this body aside and is not yet reborn in another body, what do you designate as its sustenance then?"

"Vaccha, when a being sets this body aside and is not yet reborn in another body, I designate it as craving-sustained, for craving is its sustenance at that time."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230
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Re: Antarabhava

Postby piotr » Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:42 pm

Hi,

You may find this article relevant: http://www.scribd.com/doc/78013590/Rebi ... ahn-Sujato
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Re: Antarabhava

Postby black hole » Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:31 am

Thank you Piotr. This article is really very, very interesting.
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