Is time linear?

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Is time linear?

Postby AnthonyR » Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:40 pm

What, if anything, does Buddhism say about the linearity of time? In other words, is it possible to be reborn in a time prior to your current life?
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Re: Is time linear?

Postby KathyLauren » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:12 pm

Buddhism teaches cause and effect. Non-linear time messes up cause and effect. WHile Buddhism doesn't directly discuss what is a science-fiction concept, it does imply that you can't go back in time.

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Re: Is time linear?

Postby AnthonyR » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:36 am

That's what I figured. I was curious because the topic is discussed seriously in some scientific circles, and I wondered, if some day it is proven that time is not linear, how that would affect our understanding of cause and effect.
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Re: Is time linear?

Postby LastLegend » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:37 am

Time is a mental event. It's neither linear or non linear.

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Re: Is time linear?

Postby Sönam » Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:38 am

it can be vertical ... simultaneous

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Re: Is time linear?

Postby Monsoon » Tue Jul 23, 2013 12:01 am

Without an observer there is no time of which to speak.
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Re: Is time linear?

Postby kirtu » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:03 am



"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

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Re: Is time linear?

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Re: Is time linear?

Postby rachmiel » Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:28 am

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily ...

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Re: Is time linear?

Postby Sönam » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:53 am

I never heard in my nevertheless limited reading any story or experience of time going backward ...

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Re: Is time linear?

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Re: Is time linear?

Postby Sönam » Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:22 pm

By understanding everything you perceive from the perspective of the view, you are freed from the constraints of philosophical beliefs.
By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
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