deepbluehum wrote:What I always think about is if the person is an illsuory agglomeration of skandhas, then no one is remembering no one. How do we know the children aren't having psychic impression of someone else's memories?
I was struck by the case of that boy who remembered perfectly well the house, the place, the airport, the rooms, but he failed to remember correctly the name of his "parents" or the color of the dog. Things liek this complicate things because it implies that whatever he remembered was not in the single past that we like to construct but in a different timeplane.
huseng wrote:There are also the arguments for rebirth put forth by figures like Dharmakirti and others. This can easily be investigated if you're unaware of them.
I liked the argument, too but you should be aware its worthless outside of the buddhism-box as it requires you to
a) know and
b) believe in Abhidharma
Another issue is that the argment is based on the "material" of consciousness and therefore to me it looks like the argument invalidates itself, since Dharmakirti - as a later Yogacarin - does not accept that nama and rupa are of different stuff.
Its a bit like with enlightenment, theres also no evidence for it, nor is there evan an explanation on how to actually reach it (to me this was the more disheartening part) - but the subconscious belief lets people overlook essential facts like that.
What is overlooked in this context is that to prove rebirth you would need a theory of rebirth first. And you dont have that. What you have is a very shallow belief, that there is something called "karma" which somehow transforms intentions into realities and while doing so spanning in the future but only of a single mindstream. People start to talk of seeds, or of perfuming the stream, which are metaphors, not actually useful building blocks.
Inside the box, this might be acceptable, but outside of it - lets just say im not surprised people dont take it seriously. First Buddhists should give a detailed explanation on how this is supposed to work. Then they can begin their proofs.