Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

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Re: Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:36 am

I am mindful of what a Theravadin monk once said to me:

All the suttas and teachings the Buddha ever gave, every word of instruction he ever uttered, can be found in the Dhammapada;
The Dhammapada is a condensed collection of verses, but their wisdom can all be found in the Eightfold path.
The Eightfold path can be summed up as paying attention, to everything.

So make it simpler for yourself, and Meditate."

Hence my signature.
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You will not be punished FOR your 'emotions'; you will be punished BY your 'emotions'.



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Pay attention, simplify, and (Meditation instruction in a nutshell) "Mind - the Gap."
‘Absit invidia verbo’ - may ill-will be absent from the word. And mindful of that, if I don't respond, this may be why....

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Re: Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

Postby SarathW » Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:44 pm

When the wood fire becomes bamboo fire can we say Wood fire, re-born as Bamboo fire?
If Buddha is a bamboo- fire, will Budhha say, I was a wood-fire in my last birth?
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Then the Buddha asked the bhikkhus whether Bhikkhu Sāti was likely to attain any spiritual insight. The bhikkhus answered, “No, Lord.” The Buddha then stressed the conditionality of consciousness with examples. The fire that starts with wood is called a wood-fire, that which starts with bamboo is called a bamboo-fire, that which starts with grass is called a grass-fire. Similarly the consciousness conditioned by the eye and the visual form is called eye-consciousness (cakkhuviññāṇa); that conditioned by the ear and the sound is called ear-consciousness (sotaviññāṇa), etc. Thus the Buddha explained how each unit of consciousness is distinct and separate in itself, and how it passes away and is replaced by a new one. However, Bhikkhu Sāti did not give up his ego-belief and he missed the holy path because of his bigotry.

http://www.aimwell.org/sallekha.html#Bigotry_44
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Re: Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

Postby SarathW » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:04 am

Here's another type of birth.
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This was said by the Blessed One, said by the Arahant, so I have heard: "There are these four birthplaces of craving where a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth. Which four? Either for the sake of cloth a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth. Or for the sake of alms food a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth. Or for the sake of lodging a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth. Or for the sake of becoming or not becoming this or that a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth. These are the four birthplaces of craving where a monk's craving, when taking birth, takes birth."

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... ml#iti-100

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Re: Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

Postby Alex123 » Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:29 pm

SarathW wrote:Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?


Yes. When you believe/understand that this isn't your "one and only" life, and that sensual existence is common as dirt and as valuable, and that you lived in almost all situations (except Awakening) possible - then you don't have as much attachment to this life that isn't so special. This helps foster dispassion.


Read:
Anamatagga-samyutta

"From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. When you see someone who is happy & well-provided in life, you should conclude: 'We, too, have experienced just this sort of thing in the course of that long, long time.'

Why is that? From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released."

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Re: Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

Postby visitin » Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:10 am

Alex123 wrote:sensual existence is common as dirt and as valuable, and that you lived in almost all situations (except Awakening) possible


You can meditate all your life and still you won't be able to experience anything independent of your six senses, except a dreamless sleep.

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Re: Is rebirth a Buddhist teaching?

Postby Alex123 » Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:39 pm

visitin wrote:You can meditate all your life and still you won't be able to experience anything independent of your six senses, except a dreamless sleep.


Meditation is to develop wisdom so there will not be attachment to happiness/unhappiness .
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