Rebirth is an subject I have been thinking about and been discussing in an another forum lately. I do not think this is an easy theme but I have faith in rebirth as an reality. One reason I have faith in this is based on this quote from Kalama Sutta:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el008.html
The criterion for acceptance
10. "Come, Kalamas. Do not go upon what has been acquired by repeated hearing; nor upon tradition; nor upon rumor; nor upon what is in a scripture; nor upon surmise; nor upon an axiom; nor upon specious reasoning; nor upon a bias towards a notion that has been pondered over; nor upon another's seeming ability; nor upon the consideration, 'The monk is our teacher.' Kalamas, when you yourselves know: 'These things are good; these things are not blamable; these things are praised by the wise; undertaken and observed, these things lead to benefit and happiness,' enter on and abide in them.
And since I think believing in rebirt makes people want to attain a non-attachment lifstyle and this is also the effect the Buddha said that the truth will have on people, I think it is best for me to accept it.
But not all buddhist seem to accept the idea of rebirt - and they even use the same sutta to deni it, saying that the sutta leaves the question open - and therefor rebirth is of no importance of knowing and understanding the teachings of the Buddha.
And now I wonder:
- How important is the accepting the idea of rebirth for the attainment of Nibbana?
- Did the Buddha really talk about rebirth from life to life or was he just talking of psykological rebirths in this life?
- Is believing in rebirt irrational when we can not see it for our selves?
I would appreciate if some of you can shine some new light over this questions for me.