I just read an article and am a bit confused about how the Buddha explained death and rebirth. Here's the article link:http://aryan-buddhism.blogspot.com/2012/07/4-absolute-truth-of-metaphysics-damn.html
If I am reading this article correctly it sounds like this unborn citta (mind?) thinks it resides inside brains and at death when the brain consciousness disappears mind stands alone with no need for any kind of skanda contact again as it always did (still does?). Meditation is trying to realize it doesn't need all this skanda biz or the Alaya Vinana. Although I admit to this day I'm still unclear as to exactly *what* an Alaya Vinana is since apparently it's not some kind of permanent soul-Self. Which - come to think of it - does in a way make sense. If it *were* a soul-Self that would imply the possibility of a separate existence from all other sentient beings with no way for Dependent Arising to "do it's thang". Except to me - that article sounds like it's implying there is a True Self and it's this Citta.
However, I'm still confused as to what happens at death. I'd always thought that Buddhism taught one's consciousness disintegrates at death. Hence the constant need to work while one is alive to meditate and practice virtue. I guess I have a tendency to equate awareness with consciousness because I have never experienced awareness in any other way. So to me when Buddha says consciousness ends...well...to me that sounds like he's saying it's ALL OVER. Man...absolutely nothing will remain to even be Ignorant to Rebirth. Kind of like how most non-Buddhist atheists think that when you die that's IT. There is nothing left. No citta, no awareness, no mind, no matter, no skandas, no...nothing. Absolute anihilation. Ok I guess that's a hold over from my days as a hardcore atheist as I still kind of wonder if that is what happens. I mean...the Buddha was big on teaching impermanence. I've seen arguments online between Buddhists and Hindus on exactly this subject with each side saying the other is wrong on exactly what the Buddha meant with his teachings of impermanence.
I just really don't understand what the Buddha taught on the subject of death and what happens after (if anything).
If I then try to say OK this citta must be this One that is talked about in so many traditions - call it Dharmakaya, the Tao...whatever. But then...I read the Buddha teaches there is no one single entity who is the "Supreme Creator". Unless maybe *everybody's* actions all together amalgamate to be this "supreme creator" (am I understanding dependent arising right?). Is there some sort of Sutta or Sutra where the Buddha addresses exactly this subject? The subject of what happens at death?
I just go in loops trying to understand this cause certain Buddhist's I've talked to said you must get Right View correct FIRST
or you will not be liberated and all your meditating will be in vain.