porpoise wrote:I mean the cycle of biological birth and death, as described in the suttas. As distinct from the purely psychological rebirth which you seem to be describing.
Sorry, I don't understand.
I don't know what you mean by "purely psychological".
By that, do you mean "rebirth" as simply a metaphor for a state of mind?
One's physical body is not reborn anywhere. It returns to its elements, gets eaten by buzzards or what have you.
What is "actually reborn" in the realms of samsara is the experience of a "self",
just as you and I experience selves having this discussion.
"Actual rebirth" is nothing other than the reoccurance of delusion.
deluded mind is the only thing that takes rebirth,
and experiences the realms of samsara as intrinsically real.
The realms of Samsara are simply elaborate extensions of the
extremely vivid and realistic experience of
an inherently existent self.
The only way the human realm could have any intrinsic reality to it
would be if there was some truly inherently existing self.
But the Dharma teaches that this is not the case.
If there is no intrinsically existent self,
how can the realms of samsara be anything more than a projection of mind?
Furthermore, there is no essential difference between
the buddha mind and the deluded mind,
between buddhas and sentient beings
except that one is free from delusion and the other is not.
The other realms of samsara are no more real than this human realm.