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Reincarnation Question.

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Reincarnation Question.

Postby p3rfect » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:03 am

In Buddhsim do you have an infinite number of reincarnations?

Did Buddha have an infinite number of reincarnations?

Source?

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby cooran » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:11 am

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby PeterB » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:13 am

It depends what you mean by reincarnation p3rfect. The literal meaning of reincarnation suggests that that something "takes flesh "..most Buddhists do not use the term.
The Buddhist term is Purnabhava which means " again becoming.."
Many Buddhists take this literally. Some do not.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby p3rfect » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:16 am

My bad.

Question still though.

You can have several re-births to eliminate the negative energy.

Is there an infinite number of rebirths or a limit number?

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby cooran » Thu Apr 29, 2010 9:37 am

Please learn some basic buddhism.

We are not trying to have more rebirths ~ we have had uncountable rebecomings while wandering on and on ~ we are trying to stop rebecoming.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:05 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby acinteyyo » Thu Apr 29, 2010 10:08 am

Thag 1.20. Ajita - I do not fear death; nor do I long for life. I’ll lay down this body, aware and mindful.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby Modus.Ponens » Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:55 pm

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby Dhammabodhi » Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:15 pm

"Take rest, take rest."-S.N.Goenka

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby Mawkish1983 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:18 pm

There is no 'first birth' but there is the potential for a 'last birth' in this very lifetime. Infinite births, uncountable in number, with the possibility of a glorious end.

Also, your definition of infinite isn't strictly correct. As has been already stated, 'infinity' isn't a number, and there are different types of use of the word.

By all means, drive yourself insane thinking about it, you wouldn't be the first. Or, practice the Dhamma in the hope of making this your final birth.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby Mawkish1983 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:26 pm

No paradox. Your definition is wrong.

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:39 pm

Ah, Moderators...examine the motives of the questioner closely please to see if there is perhaps an under-the-bridge origination. Many thanks.

An answer has been given: Rebirth ends upon Realization of Nibbana. That is the set point; the Limit. The number varies depending on the individual. Since no Beginning point can be determined, because no beginning point of sentience itself can be determined -- Buddha described the beginning point as lost in beginingless time-- there is no place to begin the tally.

However, upon Realization, an individual can supposedly make a survey of all of his/her past existences so if he / she decides to do so, this Realized being could determine a specific number. Though why he/ she would want to is specious.

Hope this helps,

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby Dhammabodhi » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:40 pm

"Take rest, take rest."-S.N.Goenka

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

Postby BubbaBuddhist » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:46 pm

Mawk is correct; paradoxes cannot exist in reality; nor do they exist in the teachings of the Buddha. They DO exist in language, in verbal games and in our own confusion. :lol:

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Re: Reincarnation Question.

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