Didnt feel this falls under the thread discussing if rebirth is literal or not as I wanted to discuss the danger of holding the view of rebirth in relation to nibbana.
Many Buddhists seem to mistake Rebirth as the central core of the Buddhas Dhamma. This hower is contary to the correct Right View which does not include the teaching of Rebirth,this is included in mundande right view, it is right view with Effulents.
The Buddha only taught rebirth to those who could not understand his higher teaching, or who were not yet ready. To those he thought would understand he taught that all things conditioned are Anatta, dukkha and Anicca, empty of a self and so there is no rebirth of anything. His true teaching was concerned with ridding oneself of self view so there is no more becoming and to quench the fires of greed hatred and delusion so there is no longer any Dukkha.
Since the Buddha did not teach rebirth as part of his higher dhamma it is dangerous to hold onto it if one wants to reach nibbana. The reason for this is because rebirth leads to a sense of self, "I will be reborn" or to a belief that something continues.
The name in fact itself is contary to the Buddhadhamma, RE-BORN implies that something comes again which is completely contradictory to Anatta. To hold that rebirth is central to the teachings is close to making Buddhism a form of Hinduism.
Those who argue for rebirth cite the re-linking consciousness argument. As stated in other posts there is no re-linking consciousness, look at the suttas the buddha never mentions anything like it, and neither is Dependent Origination a model for how rebirth happens. The argument that rebirth occurs can be true from a mundane level as the Buddha does say on many occasions that beings fare on after death according to their actions, however he never goes into detail about how this happens only that it will but as stated this is a mundane teaching and does not lead to nibbana as it is an eternalist teaching which the buddha did teach to the lay.
The Buddhas message was the ending of becoming of the sense of I and self, the ending of dukkha not about rebirth.
I have good intentions in starting this thread, im not writting this post to appear to know it all and you obviously dont have to agree with me but i felt i should start this thread because I personally feel that the view of Rebirth is greatly holding back a lot of buddhist from seeing the true Dhamma.
Any comments would be appreciated.