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past life

Postby contentment » Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:14 pm

I think I have always remembered my previous life.
From the beginning of this life, before three up to age eleven, I experienced the most intriguing experience.
First as I was going to sleep I would become very fearful as my body became paralyzed with a feeling of being smothered then all turning black. I then was a boy around eleven. I can see myself, my hair, face, body. I see the cap, suspenders, jacket, shirt, socks, shoes. I look though his eyes and see fencing and a wooden tower, up in the tower I see a soldier he has a gun he looks down at me. I know this is a concentration camp and I am alone.
The next morning I awake with an aroma that I can not get away from until I go to sleep that night. At age eleven I asked my brother if he could smell this aroma and of coarse he could not. That was the last time I experienced this, but the boy and the soldier are still vivid in my mind, I am now age 67.
What do you make of this?

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Re: past life

Postby chownah » Thu Jun 30, 2011 2:38 am

Thank you for sharing something that happened a long long time ago. Can you share something with us that has happened more recently?
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Re: past life

Postby Will » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:41 pm

A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: past life

Postby rowyourboat » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:54 pm

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Re: past life

Postby BKh » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:58 pm

If you can get a copy of it, Rebirth As Doctrine and Experience by Francis Story is worth the read. As I recall, the material is presented in a way that helps one develop confidence in the teachings of the Buddha, although I don't think it has a lot of sutta references.
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Re: past life

Postby icyteru » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:04 am

try samadhi / bhavana. maybe you can recall your past life more easily?
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Re: past life

Postby Lhamo » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:58 am

WellI Plwk, this extensive textual material certainly seems to answer the question in the affirmative: did the Buddha teach rebirth, multiple-lifetime rebirth. thank you for this.

To the OP: I think you're fortunate to have this recall. It means you have no doubt in the reality of rebirth. :thumbsup:


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