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Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby dianabluda10 » Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:28 am

Frequently Buddhism says "reborn" and not "reincarnation".
What does this mean?
Means that there is not life after death and the human ( or animal ) that will born after me will NOT me but another sentient ?
This means that after death in Buddhism there is not any life for ME ( death = end of ME ) ?

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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby Dennenappelmoes » Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:36 am

Hello dianabluda10,
These are profound questions and I am sure people will refer you to other postings and useful resources. Just a tiny preliminary comment for you though; Non-self is a key factor here. You're asking "is there still ME when I die?" and, in a way, what a Buddhist would say is "there is no ME while you live either". Conceptions of rebirth vary alot across traditions, but as I understand it, a common ground is the idea that there is no "you", there is a flow of mindstates that follow one after the other, that are caused one after the other, always evolving and changing, and each next mindstate will continue to cause a new mindstate regardless of death. We, our consciousness, will continue to receive experiences throughout.
In Buddhism you let go of the idea of a fixed "me", and rather accept that you evolve over time, each next moment you've turned into something new, caused by the previous moment, both in the physical world and mentally.

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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:07 am


This sutta might help to answer the question, in the context of the post made by Dennenappelmoes

MN 38: Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta ... .than.html

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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby 5heaps » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:19 am

'you' are a particular set of mental dispositions and habits in a human mind. just as your name will end, the thing that that name refers to, namely those mental dispositions in your human mind, will also end.

however due to causes and conditions the final moment of mind in this lifetime will act as a cause for the first moment of mind in the next lifetime.

at that time a new mind, perhaps a human mind, with human dispositions will be produced in dependence on the causes and conditions of previous lifetimes. buddhism and other meditative traditions that have mastered the mind explain that if you undertake actions in which you fail to realize the rights of others because you are too busy overestimating and inflating your rights, this will produce incredibly unhappy and painful future mental dispositions.
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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby Bakmoon » Wed May 01, 2013 5:16 am

The non-doing of any evil,
The performance of what's skillful,
The cleansing of one's own mind:
This is the Buddhas' teaching.

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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby hopedhamma » Fri May 03, 2013 7:22 am

To answer the question, There's no Me to reborn, and those who have studied this through will know that there are only citta and Chetasika reborn. The citta that does the reborn task is Juti-citta as well as chetasika. The act of these 2 is to move from one existed person to another existed person.

Reincarnate or reborn is just the wording, but the fact is this..

Life after death is a new life that was being influenced from karma factor. "We" today is the life after death of the previous life...."We' will be reborn and will ask this type of question again and again the next life if we don't have enough Jhana (wisdom) to know exactly the real dhamma condition to become Sodabham Ariya.

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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby vinodh » Fri May 03, 2013 12:50 pm

Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script :

yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha

na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham

Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]

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Re: Does exist life after death for Buddhism

Postby badscooter » Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:40 pm

If there is no "self", then whose past lives did the Buddha see when he said he saw all "his" past lives? How did he know they were his?
"whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will be the inclination of one's mind"

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