Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

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Buddha's Rebirths - Possible Paradox

Postby hgg » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:55 pm

Hello,

A question arose in my mind while reading again some Buddhist texts.
In all the texts that describe the previous births of the last Buddha and all
the previous ones, I noticed that all the rebirths and previous lifes take place
somewhere in the vast region of India or near. Same for all his students as well.

While Buddha talks about world systems and countless aeons it looks like
that they all prefer reappearing in a specific region only.

How is this possible?
Do you have any account of a Buddha that was reborn for example in Europe?

Another strange fact that was mentioned in the texts, is that at any given
time, only one Buddha can exist in any world system. Have you ever thought
about that and the reason behind it?

Thank you.
George.
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You seem to bypass my main question:

Why did he always choose India? It would not be fair for all the other beings not been able to have such a teacher.
He even mentions in one text that people that were born in times with no Buddha alive, are unlucky.

So imagine how unfair it is to those who have never met a Buddha.
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I don't take the rebirth stories as literal truth. The stories do not agree with what we know of the history of the planet. There was no such thing as India kalpas ago and it is a stretch to imagine in all these ages when the past Buddhas appeared, human kind evolved over and over again in the same manner and developed indian culture with indian names. The Dhamma is for practice, not for belief.

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Space and time? What happens outside of this concept where no clinging occurs? What about the eons and eons that passed just yesterday with the multitudes of births and deaths? Knowing where the Buddha is now could be expressed in the form of a myth but why is there a Buddha in your head? Is the Buddha a messiah? Well, the Buddha appeared in China a few times this morning and that to a multitude of people but something woke from this delusional puff of smoke and it looked like a tooth fairy but the scribes all fled.


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