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Reincarnation case?

NMADDPNMADDP SUN Diego, California Veteran

Here is the case where a 16 years old girl from Thailand that has the similar voice and look from the queen of pop of asia Teresa Tang ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Teng ) during the 70s and 80s that had passed away 20 years ago. She passed away in Thailand and her reincarnation is also from Thailand.

http://asiatrend.org/2015/09/17/believe-it-or-not-reincarnation-of-teresa-teng-鄧麗君

[extracted from article above...
The girl from Thailand named Vanatsaya Viseskul (LanggaLamu), not knowing any Mandarin, started to sing Teng’s songs when she was seven. She told the judges at the “Voice of China” that she could sing after listening Teng’s songs only two to three times. She learned 25 Teng’s songs in one disc just in three months. In one of her interviews, she said she had a special feeling toward Teng whom she never met when she first listened to her song.
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Other info...
When LangaLamu was seven, her parents visited Hongkong and brougt back Teresa Teng's CD. She listen and said that those are her songs, and she had sung before. After listen to a song three times and can sing the song even she did not know any Chinese (mandarin) at that time. She told her parents. However, nobody believed her at that time. She did not learn to speak Mandarin until this year to join the "Voice of China" tv show. Her singing and talking sounds exactly like the Teresa Tang.

There are many singers that have similar voice as Teresa Tang, but in this case is a special one. Even Teresa Tang's former song writer/teacher took this girl in as his last disciple when he learned about this girl from Thailand. One of the singers, that has the closet voice as Teresa Teng's, had goosebump when she listen LanggaLamu sings.

Below is the youtube link video mixed the voice of the two together to see if one can tell how much the differences.

Believe in reincarnation or not !

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  • rohitrohit Maharrashtra Veteran
    edited December 2015

    Is there any difference in between reincarnation and rebirth?

  • @rohit said:
    Is there any difference in between reincarnation and rebirth?

    Yes. Rebirth is a continuous process going on as you read this. Reincarnation is a special event that is supposed to only happen after you die.

    sovarohitVastmind
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @rohit said:
    Is there any difference in between reincarnation and rebirth?

    According to Tibetan Buddhism, yes. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of his predecessor. He was found as a 2-year-old, recognised as being the 'successor' of the XIII Dalai lama and initiated as a Tulku, until at 16, he was inaugurated as the Dalai Lama (well ahead of schedule, but the Chinese invasion made this a matter of urgency).
    A Tulku retains much of the inherent character of the child he is born to be, but also displays an uncanny (Tibetans would say natural) likeness to his predecessor.

    Rebirth is for hoi poloi. No-one special, nothing to do, nowhere to go, but ...ooops.... try again!

    rohit
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    I keep an open mind, but frankly, am less convinced - than convinced...

  • sovasova delocalized fractyllic harmonizing Veteran

    @federica said:
    I keep an open mind, but frankly, am less convinced - than convinced...

    Well if you check out the article, the young girl claims a special affinity toward the former pop star, and was able to absorb/learn her songs incredibly quickly, in the course of a few times or a whole album in 3 months. So, to me that says more than "hey she looks and sounds the same"

    Also means that she was probably incredibly aware during the transition process, and that is something very very commendable.

  • rohitrohit Maharrashtra Veteran
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    My cousin has a photographic audial memory and heard the Elvis presley album twice, before he more or less knew all the words to the songs. Presley was still alive, BtW....

    Sir Alec Guinness had the same talent, visually, as does James Spader.

    Next....?

    lobsterWalkerEarthninja
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    "Reincarnation case?"

    Oh no not again :wink:

    lobstersilver
  • sovasova delocalized fractyllic harmonizing Veteran

    @federica said:
    My cousin has a photographic audial memory and heard the Elvis presley album twice, before he more or less knew all the words to the songs. Presley was still alive, BtW....

    Sir Alec Guinness had the same talent, visually, as does James Spader.

    Next....?

    It's not my job to convince you =)

    Invincible_summer
  • NMADDPNMADDP SUN Diego, California Veteran

    A nice love song with English subtitle by Teresa Teng and Langglamu

    月亮代表我的心 Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin The Moon Represents My Heart

    Relax and enjoy...

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited December 2015

    @sova ...well, actually, the burden of proof/convincing does fall on the person making the claim. Why else, make the claim? Keep your truth, unless total confirmation is what one is looking for.

    My personal belief is rebirth....I'm not convinced of reincarnation.

    Shoshinrohit
  • sovasova delocalized fractyllic harmonizing Veteran

    @Vastmind said:
    @sova ...well, actually, the burden of proof/convincing does fall on the person making the claim. Why else, make the claim? Keep your truth, unless total confirmation is what one is looking for.

    My personal belief is rebirth....I'm not convinced of reincarnation.

    If someone starts spontaneously speaking and singing Mandarin as a child without ever using it before ... there's got to be something deeper there. I just wish people would read the articles that are discussed with an open mind instead.

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited December 2015

    Deeper there?? I guess that's the part that's debatable. I really try with an open mind on these stories...but...something just doesn't feel right about the logic or even the unknown about it all. Too many variables for me to come to a conclusion. Sorry...I can't prove a negative. Name of the game...

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @sova said:

    @federica said:
    My cousin has a photographic audial memory and heard the Elvis presley album twice, before he more or less knew all the words to the songs. Presley was still alive, BtW....

    Sir Alec Guinness had the same talent, visually, as does James Spader.

    Next....?

    It's not my job to convince you =)

    Thank goodness for that. You're not very good at it.... :lol: :lol:

    Vastmind
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited December 2015

    Since I don't follow this line of thinking...I'm asking a sincere question here in the intention of seeking/understanding.

    Let's be general. If she in the OP or the average person does feel/think they are reincarnated...then what? What is the theory/belief behind it? Does it improve your practice? Was the previous person so great that they have to live on forever? If so, how does that fit into non-self? I can research it as far as all outdoors...but someone explain the purpose to me. Is it cultural rollover? If it's necessary....why? How and in what ways does it fit into getting rid of suffering?

    I'll respect all traditions/views on it...but hey, I didn't bring it up....so...hahaha...be ready for not everyone to agree...just help me understand where your coming from...from a Buddhist POV, please. :)

    Shoshin
  • EarthninjaEarthninja Wanderer West Australia Veteran

    It's funny how many of these stories of reincarnation seem to be from someone famous. Like a pop star or a incredible person like Anne Frank or a WW2 legendary soldier/pilot.
    It's easier to recall details from a famous person I guess.

    rohit
  • @sova said:

    @Vastmind said:
    @sova ...well, actually, the burden of proof/convincing does fall on the person making the claim. Why else, make the claim? Keep your truth, unless total confirmation is what one is looking for.

    My personal belief is rebirth....I'm not convinced of reincarnation.

    If someone starts spontaneously speaking and singing Mandarin as a child without ever using it before ... there's got to be something deeper there. I just wish people would read the articles that are discussed with an open mind instead.

    @Sova she didn't start speaking Mandarin. She could parrot the songs after listening to them. It shows a nice talent but it's not evidence for anything supernatural. I learned "Ave Maria" in choir but never understood what the words meant. But I'm not trying to convince you reincarnation doesn't exist. Only explaining why this isn't evidence.

    rohit
  • @Vastmind I feel on the whole people are comforted by stories of heaven, purelands and believing they used to be an elephant.

    We have very strong emotional attachments to 'the Truth as I see it'. We also with compassion for our own hard points, emotional interdependencies with our beings, learn to let go of our former selves ...

    Some threads of existence are not for us ...

    Vastmind
  • rohitrohit Maharrashtra Veteran
    edited December 2015

    I was watching a > @Earthninja said:

    It's funny how many of these stories of reincarnation seem to be from someone famous. Like a pop star or a incredible person like Anne Frank or a WW2 legendary soldier/pilot.
    It's easier to recall details from a famous person I guess.

    There were news in India about kids belonged from very ordinary village that they knew all the names of their parents and wife and described how they died. And actually told everything about their looks and home surrounding and name of the village and started to live with their parents of past life with permission. Those kids have never been had contact with outside world when they explained thier present day biological parents.
    And there are some real stories in which some people claimed that they are reincarnation of royal family members and also won the trust of family by telling the past. But they could not get the property because court said that they are not biological member of that family and some other stories were fabricated to get properry from rich.

  • I know, there are fascinating stories of children that seem to confirm reincarnation that come out of places where belief in reincarnation is the cultural norm. Just like there are fascinating stories about near death experiences and tours of Heaven that come out of Christian cultures. The fact that these tales exist is an area of study for sociologists, but not because they actually prove the reality of the beliefs. It's because of what it says about how the human mind molds perception to fit existing beliefs.

    In other words, belief comes before evidence. Our minds are quick to latch onto what our senses send our way and fit it into what we expect. If you believe an old house is haunted by ghosts, you will find all sorts of things going on to support that. If you don't believe in ghosts, you'll find yourself living in a drafty, creaky old house.

    This ability to cram reality into boxes that support our beliefs is well documented and proven by scientific testing. In Zen, a lot of time is spent trying to get people to put aside their beliefs and just experience without insisting we must be able to assign meaning to everything. "Don't know" mind. Sky is blue, grass is green. Will it rain tomorrow? Don't know. Maybe. We'll find out tomorrow. Have some tea.

    VastmindlobsterWalker
  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran

    In light of non-separation, would we not be kind of carnations of each other?

    Maybe someone forgot to empty their cup and some of our old personalities stayed.

    lobsterCinorjerShoshin
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Earthninja said:
    It's funny how many of these stories of reincarnation seem to be from someone famous. Like a pop star or a incredible person like Anne Frank or a WW2 legendary soldier/pilot.
    It's easier to recall details from a famous person I guess.

    Not always @Earthninja - the cases Ian Stevenson researched were very ordinary, everyday people.

    http://michaelsudduth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Stevenson-Twenty-Cases-Suggestive-of-Reincarnation.pdf

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Bunks said:

    @Earthninja said:
    It's funny how many of these stories of reincarnation seem to be from someone famous. Like a pop star or a incredible person like Anne Frank or a WW2 legendary soldier/pilot.
    It's easier to recall details from a famous person I guess.

    Not always @Earthninja - the cases Ian Stevenson researched were very ordinary, everyday people.

    http://michaelsudduth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Stevenson-Twenty-Cases-Suggestive-of-Reincarnation.pdf

    Actually, does anyone know of any research completed as thorough as what Ian Stevenson did to show the non-existence of reincarnation / rebirth?

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    There are a couple of accounts in The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying.
    I found the accounts to be quite fascinating.....

  • CinorjerCinorjer Veteran
    edited December 2015

    @Bunks said:

    @Bunks said:

    @Earthninja said:
    It's funny how many of these stories of reincarnation seem to be from someone famous. Like a pop star or a incredible person like Anne Frank or a WW2 legendary soldier/pilot.
    It's easier to recall details from a famous person I guess.

    Not always @Earthninja - the cases Ian Stevenson researched were very ordinary, everyday people.

    http://michaelsudduth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Stevenson-Twenty-Cases-Suggestive-of-Reincarnation.pdf

    Actually, does anyone know of any research completed as thorough as what Ian Stevenson did to show the non-existence of reincarnation / rebirth?

    You can't prove a negative. Reincarnation might exist but nobody remembers their past lives. How do you disprove that? A few researchers did go back and examine and re-question some of the more interesting cases in Ian's books, and found a lot of confirmation bias and details left out. It used to be somewhere on the internet.

    Bunks
  • sovasova delocalized fractyllic harmonizing Veteran

    Hello everyone, since this is such a wonderful topic and in the interest of deepening understanding as @Vastmind very kindly and wisely pointed out...

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.048.than.html

    "Monks, suppose that this great earth were totally covered with water, and a man were to toss a yoke with a single hole there. A wind from the east would push it west, a wind from the west would push it east. A wind from the north would push it south, a wind from the south would push it north. And suppose a blind sea-turtle were there. It would come to the surface once every one hundred years. Now what do you think: would that blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole?"

    "It would be a sheer coincidence, lord, that the blind sea-turtle, coming to the surface once every one hundred years, would stick his neck into the yoke with a single hole."

    "It's likewise a sheer coincidence that one obtains the human state. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, arises in the world. It's likewise a sheer coincidence that a doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world. Now, this human state has been obtained. A Tathagata, worthy & rightly self-awakened, has arisen in the world. A doctrine & discipline expounded by a Tathagata appears in the world.

    "Therefore your duty is the contemplation, 'This is stress... This is the origination of stress... This is the cessation of stress.' Your duty is the contemplation, 'This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress.'"

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    @sova ....Thank you for posting. :)

    I agree with the points....however...I'm not sure that's reincarnation, per se.

    The firsts paragraph comes across to me as describing interconnection/web, etc...

    the circumstances and meaning of 'sheer coincidence' are too large for me to get into....hahaha...unknown, unanswered..touche.
    Arisen/obtained in the world....connects to reincarnation, how?

    Finally...contemplation....yes. No arguments from me there.

    Is the contemplation part linked to the Tathagata that now resides in another body/form?

  • GayanGayan Colombo New

    As Buddhists, is it skillful or unskillful for us to be so interested in such things?

    It is impossible to come to a definite conclusion. At best one can say it is most probably the same. Even so such a belief will reconfirm the "Eternalist view" of those who already subscribe to such a view and prevent them from ever understanding the Noble Truth preached by the Buddha.

    Bunkslobsterracerska
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    Hi @Gayan ....nice to meet you. I agree that it can go round and round if people don't stick to the topic....but we're pretty good at kicking the can around from time to time, and frankly, @sova is NB family by now...but I rarely get to conversate with him to get to know him...so...it's all good. =)

    Gayan
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @Gayan said:
    As Buddhists, is it skillful or unskillful for us to be so interested in such things?

    It is skilfull to discuss such matters, if only to evaluate and come to a conclusion, even if the conclusion is "I don't know". It is an infrequent, yet commendable conclusion....

    It is impossible to come to a definite conclusion.

    Nobody says discussion has to result in one, every time.

    .....Even so such a belief will reconfirm the "Eternalist view" of those who already subscribe to such a view and prevent them from ever understanding the Noble Truth preached by the Buddha.

    The Buddha taught rebirth.
    It is understandable that discussion is stimulated regarding his teachings, and that he distinction between rebirth and reincarnation is noted.
    This IS, after all, a discussion forum.
    Naturally, there will be interest.

    Do you find such discussion and interest, a problem for yourself, @Gayan?

  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran

    @federica said:
    There are a couple of accounts in The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying.
    I found the accounts to be quite fascinating.....

    That did actually cross my mind....so, I just dusted off my copy, and I'm going to take a refresher look ;)

    Bunks
  • @Cinorjer said:. In Zen, a lot of time is spent trying to get people to put aside their beliefs and just experience without insisting we must be able to assign meaning to everything. "Don't know" mind.

    That's a good approach, but disbelief is also a belief. "Don't know" mind isn't the same as "sceptical mind".

  • @federica said: The Buddha taught rebirth.

    He certainly did. An inconvenient truth for some... ;)

  • @SpinyNorman said:

    @Cinorjer said:. In Zen, a lot of time is spent trying to get people to put aside their beliefs and just experience without insisting we must be able to assign meaning to everything. "Don't know" mind.

    That's a good approach, but disbelief is also a belief. "Don't know" mind isn't the same as "sceptical mind".

    LOL! Let me guess. You also say Atheism is a religion? "Don't know" isn't disbelief, and it's not belief. I'm not saying that it's not going to rain tomorrow. I'm not saying it's going to rain tomorrow. I'm saying belief is irrelevant. We'll find out tomorrow.

  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran
    edited December 2015

    I said that "don't know mind" isn't the same as "sceptical mind". Are you agreeing or disagreeing?

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    'Don't know Mind', questions and is curious.
    'Sceptical Mind', doesn't always research, but seriously doubts.

    No.
    They're not the same.

  • GuiGui Veteran

    To me, "Don't know mind" is like saying I only know what I know in my dream. IMO, Keeping a Don't know mind relates to realizing emptiness. I think keeping the mind in perspective, so to speak, is imperative to liberation from the mind.

  • FoibleFullFoibleFull Canada Veteran

    Belief is not knowledge. In fact, the Tibetan language has two different words for the English concept of "know". One word means "I know because someone told me or I heard about it." The other words means "I know because I have experienced it for myself, firsthand." This second meaning refers to Truth.

    You can believe in reincarnation (a Hindu concept), or in rebirth (a Buddhist concept) all you want. But belief doesn't make it so. This is why Buddha told us to not blindly believe.

    In fact, belief comes from our fear of uncertainty. We want to Belief something because it makes us feel more secure.
    Buddhism takes us out of that, and into learning how to open up to our fear ... and then RELAX into it. We do not have to try to hide our fear with Belief. We accept and relax with the fact that life is basically uncertain, impermanent, and that some things are not knowable .. and it is okay.
    As for issues of rebirth .... the only reality we have is what is happening right now.
    And the only enlightenment we can find is in being present right now.

    “Everything is always changing. If you relax into this truth, that is Enlightenment. If you resist, this is samsara (suffering).”
    Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, “What Makes You (Not) a Buddhist”

    Cinorjer
  • @Gui said: Keeping a Don't know mind relates to realizing emptiness.

    Intriguing, could you elaborate?

  • GuiGui Veteran

    @SpinyNorman,
    My understanding (ironic, at that) is that the mind cannot know reality. What we know is completely of the mind. What we, along with the mind, experience is reality. But what we know is empty.
    What I've done from my conclusion, whether it is "Buddhist" or not, is separate my thoughts, emotions, knowledge, memories from reality. All things of the mind are the same.
    This is what I call keeping a don't know mind that I first heard from Sueng Sahn (sp?).
    And I am not concerned if I have completely misunderstood what he was talking about =) .

    Cinorjer
  • @Gui said:> @SpinyNorman,> What I've done from my conclusion, whether it is "Buddhist" or not, is separate my thoughts, emotions, knowledge, memories from reality.

    You mean you are mindful of mental objects?

  • GuiGui Veteran
    edited December 2015

    @SpinyNorman That seems right. But not completely it.

  • @SpinyNorman said:
    I said that "don't know mind" isn't the same as "sceptical mind". Are you agreeing or disagreeing?

    Neither, because I don't have enough information on why you consider them different. I am by nature a skeptic but found that wasn't enough. I suppose for me the difference is, as a skeptic I struggled with the questions and issues and worried about how people failed to use logic and knowledge in forming beliefs. "Don't know" mind considers those questions and issues unimportant as I focus on what I'm doing right now.

    To continue my rather lame example, if I say that I'm certain it's going to rain tomorrow because my knee is hurting again, a skeptic can look at the weather reports and argue that there is only a 50 percent chance and lots of reasons my knee could be hurting me, so no you can't be certain. A "don't know" mind will say sorry your knee is hurting, so why don't you prop your leg up here and would you like a couple of aspirin?

    Vastmind
  • racerskaracerska Indiana, USA Explorer

    Hello All,
    I am very much enjoying reading everyone's take on the OP and the question of rebirth and reincarnation. While I find the back and forth of the conversation to be illuminating, I wonder...
    let's say rebirth and reincarnation are true and do occur, how does this effect my practice? Should it effect my practice? Is meditation and following the 5 precepts a matter of achieving "higher" or "better" rebirth?
    now let's say rebirth and reincarnation are not true and do not occur, how does this effect my practice? Should it effect my practice? Is meditation and following the 5 precepts a matter of living better in this life?

    As with most things Buddhist, I suspect there are no "yes" or "no" answers, but I'm curious if the issue of rebirth is one that should have an influence on my practice.

    cheers.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    @racerska said:

    As with most things Buddhist, I suspect there are no "yes" or "no" answers, but I'm curious if the issue of rebirth is one that should have an influence on my practice.

    cheers.

    This would all depend on who or what you were in a past life, I guess :winky:

  • @racerska My opinion is that it doesn't make a bit of difference. Buddhism doesn't have a "creed" or set of beliefs you must recite and take to heart in order to join the club. But, I have to direct you to a group of people who do have a problem with lack of belief in reincarnation, since that's tied to a literal view of karma and authoritarian views of what the Sutras claim Buddha said and taught.

    Buddhism without beliefs, or Skeptical Buddhism as it's sometimes called, has a popular voice in Stephen Batchelor since he wrote a popular book on the subject and entered into some debates. Do a quick google and you'll find people upset at the thought that literal past life karma, reincarnation, and such beliefs can possibly be removed from Buddhism without it losing its purpose.

    lobster
  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    @racerska said:
    Hello All,
    I am very much enjoying reading everyone's take on the OP and the question of rebirth and reincarnation. While I find the back and forth of the conversation to be illuminating, I wonder...
    let's say rebirth and reincarnation are true and do occur, **how does this effect my practice? Should it effect my practice? Is meditation and following the 5 precepts a matter of achieving "higher" or "better" rebirth? **
    now let's say rebirth and reincarnation are not true and do not occur, how does this effect my practice? Should it effect my practice? Is meditation and following the 5 precepts a matter of living better in this life?

    As with most things Buddhist, I suspect there are no "yes" or "no" answers, but I'm curious if the issue of rebirth is one that should have an influence on my practice.

    cheers.

    The bolded bit is the fundamental focus for any question you might ask.

    Sometimes, the answer is "Yes, my Practice does benefit from receiving an answer, the question IS relevant, and DOES matter."

    Sometimes the answer is "Yes, my practice could benefit from receiving an answer, the question MAY be relevant, and COULD matter."

    Sometimes the answer is "Well, my Practice would neither benefit nor lose from receiving an answer, the question is not really relevant, and probably does not matter."

    Sometimes the answer is "No, my Practice does NOT benefit from receiving an answer, the question is NOT relevant, and does NOT matter."

    The skill, wisdom and discernment comes when you have to decide which of the above is the most relevant to the question.....

    racerskaBunks
  • DairyLamaDairyLama Veteran
    edited December 2015

    @racerska said: As with most things Buddhist, I suspect there are no "yes" or "no" answers, but I'm curious if the issue of rebirth is one that should have an influence on my practice.

    These questions aren't all that relevant to my daily practice. These days I'm agnostic and I allow for possibilities, so it's "don't know" mind really. I've found from experience that there is something limiting and closed about the sceptical mind with it's relentless rationality and it's obsessive need to reject. It also tends to suppress the imaginative facility, which leads to a sort of sterile rationality, all head and no heart.

    You will find different attitudes in different Buddhist schools, and in part this depends on how they view enlightenment. In some traditions enlightenment is viewed as something very accessible which can be easily attained during the course of a single lifetime. In other traditions enlightenment is viewed as something much more refined and difficult to attain, a process which is said to take many lifetimes.

    In any case, as far as I know Secular Buddhism is the only Buddhist school which actually rejects the teachings on rebirth.

    racerska
  • VastmindVastmind Memphis, TN Veteran
    edited December 2015

    The OP is about reincarnation....not rebirth. Reincarnation is more of a Hindu belief.

    http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/341/rebirth-vs-reincarnation

    My question still stands....how does no self/no soul transfer to another body? :confused:

    I'm giving the Bardo's another look....but so far...I'm still not able to connect that with the concept of reincarnation.... I'll put on my thinking cap, and see what I can find...

    For some context...here is the HHDL page on reincarnation...

    http://www.dalailama.com/messages/statement-of-his-holiness-the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-tenzin-gyatso-on-the-issue-of-his-reincarnation

    'The word "Samsara" means literally "continuing on", "wandering on". It signifies the repetitive cycle of birth, ageing, death and rebirth.
    Now though Buddhism and Hinduism share the concept of rebirth, the Buddhist concept differs in details from the Hindu doctrine. The doctrine of rebirth as understood in Hinduism involves a permanent soul, a conscious entity which transmigrates from one body to another. The soul inhabits a given body and at death, the soul casts that body off and goes on to assume another body. The famous Hindu classic, the Bhagavad Gita, compares this to a man who might take off one suit of clothing and put on another. The man remains the same but the suits of clothing are different. In the same way the soul remains the same but the psycho-physical organism it takes up differs from life to life.

    The Buddhist term for rebirth in Pali is "punabbhava" which means "again existence". Buddhism sees rebirth not as the transmigration of a conscious entity but as the repeated occurrence of the process of existence. There is a continuity, a transmission of influence, a causal connection between one life and another. But there is no soul, no permanent entity which transmigrates from one life to another.'

    REBIRTH WITHOUT A TRANSMIGRATING SOUL

    The concept of rebirth without a transmigrating soul commonly raises the question: How can we speak of ourselves as having lived past lives if there is no soul, no single life going through these many lives? To answer this we have to understand the nature of individual identity in a single lifetime. The Buddha explains that what we really are is a functionally unified combination of five aggregates. The five aggregates fall into two groups. First there is a material process, which is a current of material energy. Then there is a mental process, a current of mental happenings. Both these currents consist of factors that are subject to momentary arising and passing away. The mind is a series of mental acts made up of feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousnes. These mental acts are called in Pali "cittas". Each citta arises, breaks up and passes away. When it breaks up it does not leave any traces behind. It does not have any core or inner essence that remains. But as soon as the citta breaks up, immediately afterwards there arises another citta. Thus we find the mind as a succession of cittas, or series of momentary acts of consciousness.
    Now when each citta falls away it transmits to its successor whatever impression has been recorded on itself, whatever experience it has undergone. Its perceptions, emotions and volitional force are passed on to the next citta, and thus all experiences we undergo leave their imprint on the onward flow of consciousness, on the "cittasantana", the continuum of mind. This transmission of influence, this causal continuity, gives us our continued identity. We remain the same person through the whole lifetime because of this continuity.

    --http://www.beyondthenet.net/dhamma/buddhismHinduism.htm

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  • @Vastmind said: The Buddhist term for rebirth in Pali is "punabbhava" which means "again existence". Buddhism sees rebirth not as the transmigration of a conscious entity but as the repeated occurrence of the process of existence. There is a continuity, a transmission of influence, a causal connection between one life and another. But there is no soul, no permanent entity which transmigrates from one life to another.'

    Yes, to put it simply Buddhist rebirth is reincarnation without an atman ( soul ).

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