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I've been thinking about this for a couple of days now. If you are living now, when you die, could you be reborn at a point in the past? Or back into the present? Or is rebirth only consecutive? I was imagining what would happen if, for example, a meteorite hit the Earth at some point in the distant future and mankind was obliterated. Would we all then be able to be reborn back into earlier points in time repeatedly until eventually achieving enlightenment, or would that be that..?
What do you think..? Again, apologies if there's a really obvious answer to this that everyone here already knows.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?
2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.
3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.
4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.
1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"
In the future you will be a Buddha. In the Pureland, time is non-existent. In the past is suffering.
Now in the present we can choose our call . . .
Cool story, but no. Time is linear.
-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra
"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."
-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats
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