Namu Butsu wrote:Hello all,
I was wondering, many people have astral projected, including myself in which they describe being outside of their body floating around in some kind of energy, but you can go through different realms and even meet different beings, even some who are deceased. I know in Hinduism there is talk of these realms. Is there such a thing in Buddhism? I asked this on E-sangha but did not get a clear answer. i have only heard once from a Nichiren Buddhist Priest who was giving a lecture and mentioned that first after death one dwells in the astral world for some time and then when conditions are right they take form somewhere. But he did not provide any buddhist sutras to back up his claims. So I am wondering are there astral worlds?
The term "astral projection" is something popularized by groups like the Theosophists.
In many schools of Buddhism there is the idea of being able to dissociate the mind from the body, and "travel" in this way. But, there is no term like "astral" that I know of (don't know about the Tibetan, though).
The point about "after death" is referring to the intermediate state (antarabhava). This is an idea found in several schools (NOT Theravada), including all the present Mahayana traditions, Sarvastivada, etc.
Again, this is not called the "astral world" or anything like that. Rather, it is when the physical aggregate has died, but the mind continues. The space they occupy is the same as ours, just that they are non-corporeal. This is mentioned in a number of Buddhist texts, probably the most well known being the Abhidharma Kosa & Bhasya.