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Rebirth



Rebirth is a Buddhist belief that refers to the idea that some part of our spiritual existence is reborn after we die. This cycle of death and rebirth is called samsara. Unlike reincarnation, which is the belief that a permanent soul passes from body to body, rebirth embraces the idea that only a life’s karmic merit (rather than a soul) is passed on through this cycle—a continuous flowing of consciousness that is free, ever-changing, and loosely connected. Insight on this cycle can be gained through practice and focus, with a goal of finding enlightenment or nirvana, a state of inner peace and wisdom.

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6/11 Rebirth: If There Is No Self, Then Who or What Is Being Reborn? by Khenpo Jorden

Interview to Khenpo Ngawang Jorden PHD, Principal of International Buddhist Academy Kathmandu (IBA). On the Way, Talks about the Buddhist Path series.

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The Future Is Open: Good Karma, Bad Karma, and Beyond Karma

Karma has become a popular term in the West, often connected with somewhat naive or deterministic ideas of rebirth and reincarnation or equated with views of morality and guilt. Chögyam Trungpa unpacks this intriguing but misunderstood topic.

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Why Believe in Rebirth?

In a now famous conversation between Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama, Sagan, a scientist and renowned skeptic, asks, “Your Holiness, what if we were to prove, scientifically, that there is no such thing as reincarnation?” To Sagan’s great astonishment, the Dalai Lama replied without hesitation...

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FindCenterThe world is new to us every morning—this is God’s gift; and every man should believe he is reborn each day.

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Zen View of Reincarnation- Hogen Bays Roshi

Before we can ask to be alive again we have to know what it means to be alive in the first place.

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead: The Great Liberation through Hearing in the Bardo (Shambhala Pocket Library)

A classic of Tibetan Buddhism brought to life with insightful commentary by a modern master.

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Should I Believe in Rebirth?

In my years of Buddhist training before becoming a Buddhist teacher, none of my teachers have ever asked me to believe in rebirth. In fact, none of my Zen and Theravada teachers in America or Asia gave any prominence to the idea – if they mentioned it at all. - Gil Fronsdal

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FindCenterThe resurrection happens in the present moment, but it is a present moment bathed in future, a new relationship with God, a new union, a new wholeness—a new catholicity—by which life is wholly unified.

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Reincarnation of Hindus and Rebirth of Buddhism | Jay Lakhani | Hindu Academy

Reincarnation of Hindus and Rebirth of Buddhism

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The Buddhist Teachings on Rebirth

Moment to moment, lifetime to lifetime — death and rebirth are happening all the time. Ten leading Buddhist teachers explain the concept of rebirth.

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