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Memory Loss

Postby clw_uk » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:54 pm

Is there a Buddhist or Theravadin position reguarding this point


If say you practice for 50 years but then lose your memory because of an accident, do you lose all your insights that you had so basically you have to start from scratch again or no?
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Re: Memory Loss

Postby thecap » Mon Mar 09, 2009 8:58 pm

One would have lived 50 insightful years. :anjali:

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Re: Memory Loss

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Re: Memory Loss

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:05 am

When I was reborn I lost all memory of my previous lives. I guess I must have done some practice before to get the opportunity to meet the Buddhasāsana, although I was born in a non-Buddhist country without any Buddhists in my family or among my childhood friends.
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Re: Memory Loss

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Re: Memory Loss

Postby cooran » Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:21 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Memory Loss

Postby cooran » Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:45 am

Hello TheDhamma, all,

I'll leave it to our Bhikkhus t comment further on the reliability of the source. As it was a quote from Bhikkhu Pesala's writings, perhaps he will see this thread and give us the benefit of his understanding.

I think the influence by the last moment of consciousness on the next rebirth follows what is taught in Conditionallity, Paticcasamupadda (Dependent Arising).

Venerable K. Sri Dhammananda teaches:
"from the Buddhist perspective, death is not the end and each birth too is not the beginning of a life. In fact death is the beginning of life and conversely birth is the ending of life. It is just one part of a whole process, a whole cyclic process of birth, death, rebirth and dying again. If one has some understanding of this on-going process, death begins to lose its ability to create morbid terror, because it is not so final after all. T is only the end of a cycle; just one cycle along the way and then the way continues a infinitum with other cycles. The leaves fall off the trees, but it is not the end. They go back to the soil and nourish the roots; next year the tree has new leaves. The same can be said of human life. Conditioned by the moment of death is rebirth. An understanding of this basic principle helps to relieve ourselves of the fear about death."
http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... ertain.htm

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