rebirth

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Postby kresh » Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:59 pm

I have a very simple topic here.

Could someone explain to me what the Buddhist idea of rebirth is?
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Re: rebirth

Postby Seishin » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:33 pm

Not so much a simple topic, see here http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph ... &start=720

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Re: rebirth

Postby kresh » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:40 pm

what I meant by simple was that I had a rather straightforward question... thank you!
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Re: rebirth

Postby dude » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:44 pm

You wake up, you go to sleep and you wake up again.
You're born, you die, and later you're reborn.
Some people try to complicate it, but it really is that simple.
You're not the same person when you're reborn, but you're not somebody else either, just as you aren't the same person you were ten years ago.
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Re: rebirth

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:05 am

The constant replication of causes of the appearance of a self.
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