padma norbu wrote:
The idea of being reborn as a bug or a dog is nonsense because this is all we got right here. When these bodies die, so will we.
That is correct.
but the reason why you won't be reborn as a bug or a dog
isn't because the causes
of rebirth as a bug or a dog are not there,
but because there is no you
to begin with.
So, the causes are still there.
If you are greedy, you have set into motion the causes for the experience of deprivation.
The molecular structure of the human realm has nothing to do with this
except that it provides the environment by which human experience occurs.
If you take a stack of wooden boards and toss them into a river,
they will still be wooden boards, even though they scatter all over the place downstream.
but if you first assemble that stack of boards into a boat, and toss that
into the river,
regardless of where it goes, it will remain as assembled boat.
The causes for rebirth are no different than the causes for the striking similarity between
who you are right now and who you were five minutes ago.
There is no self, but there are the continuing causes which
arise with awareness as the experience of a self.
There is absolutely no proof in our world that any other realms besides human and animal exist.
And, scientifically speaking, we are the same realm.
But what Buddhism is talking about is a state of mind.
Molecules do not produce thought.
they only contribute the physical conditions which are experienced as thought
when arising with awareness.
A cinderblock likewise is a molecular construct
but no awareness arises with it
so, it doesn't think "I am a cinderblock".
Since molecules do not produce thought,
how can awareness be dependent on them?
But awareness, which is what arises with phenomena,