How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created?

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How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created?

Postby curiosity » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:18 am

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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby Zom » Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:50 am

Given the nature of our reality, this suggests that either:

- All beings are eternal and there is a limited number of them.
- As beings reach Nirvana and cease the rebirth cycle, new beings are created to take their place.


There are countless beings in countless worlds and world systems. No limit.
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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby curiosity » Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:14 am

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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:36 pm

Hello curiosity,

You may find a good starting point is:

Is there an eternal soul?
http://www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/115.htm

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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby clw_uk » Fri Jan 17, 2014 2:41 am

According to Buddhist philosophy one is reborn after death (assuming the prerequisite conditions are satisfied) into the form of a being (human, animal, etc..).


Thats not every Buddhists position


The Supreme Patriarch of Thailand said this


His Holiness’ two books on heaven and hell are truly analytical view on the subject from a Buddhist point of view. As we are so familiar, in religious sphere, the concept of heaven and hell is a very prominent belief. In many cases, it becomes the goal of religious practice itself. On this very subject, His Holiness critically analyses that the very concept and belief of heaven and hell in Buddhism is a cultural influence of indigenous culture and belief. He states: (I quote)


‘the subject of cosmology appeared in Buddhism is clearly can be seen that it is not ‘Buddhist teaching’ at all but an ancient geography. The concept and belief about it was included in Buddhist Canon merely because of strong influence of popular belief of the time. Later Commentaries further explain about heaven and hell in a greater detail distant itself from the original teaching of the Buddha. If Buddhism teaches such belief on heaven and hell it would not be Buddhism at all but an ancient geography. Buddha wouldn’t be the Buddha who delivered the Noble Truth and ‘timeless’ message for mankind.’ (p. 1) (end of the quote) He then shows in his teaching that the concept of heaven and hell in Buddhism are in fact symbolic, representing the quality of mind and spirituality instead. One can be in heaven and hell in this very earth and life. No need to wait until one dies...*


http://www.sangharaja.org/en_main.asp
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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby curiosity » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:43 am

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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby clw_uk » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:48 am

As per usual your post does nothing to answer the question posed.


Or you dont like the answer :broke:


If you like metaphysics, I hear Psychic sally is doing another tour around the UK if you can make it :smile:
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Re: How many spirits are there, and how/why are they created

Postby clw_uk » Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:50 am

And if you were accustomed to every Buddhist position, you would understand that not all Buddhist have a view of D.O. = rebirth
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