The only thing to do is to regret form the depth of one's heart, openly admit one's misdeed, practice the teachings as never did before and consequently abstain from any further killing in the future.
The worst thing to do is to justify or seek justifications.
The idea that a mosquito has been a human being in a previous birth, or that a mosquito has been a mosquito, or a human being a human being in previous births... is completely at odds with the concept of Punarbhava as found in the Suttas.
It is in fact a variation of the idea of an atta.[/quote]
No. cooran has just expressed what the Buddha taught applying conventional language.
"Atta" is just your projection when reading those words.
Not inherently different but also not inherently identical but in conventional terms the difference between "human being in a previous birth" and "mosquito now" is not the same difference as the difference between two different persons now.
Sanghamitta wrote:Because Bodom what the Buddha is describing is a series of arisings due to kamma vipika....not a discrete entity which becomes another discrete entity.
Again I concur.
Now do you infer that you need not care about your conduct since you are neither an entity in this present life nor there is an entity in the succeeding existence that has to deal with the consequences of your actions?
T Mingyur I understand that yoiu are a student of Tibetan Buddhism, and as such I see little point in dialogue. We could perhaps find a form of words that could bridge this present wee gap...but there would still yawn the giant chasm of Tulkus , Docetic Buddhas, " Buddha Nature ", the Trikaya doctrine etc etc.
I will leave it there and wish you well.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.