I came across an article in a Dutch-language Buddhist internet magazine (here) and it made me think about how I cope with my attitudes towards rebirth. The article itself is somewhat sceptical, throwing up various factors which cast some doubt on how the Pāli Cannon presents rebirth.
What you often hear about the stance of Buddhists towards rebirth is that it’s taken as given, and that the ultimate goal of Buddhism is freedom from the cycle of rebirths. But my personal stance is more one of ehipassiko, seeing for myself what is true, and so for some topics within Buddhism I tend to put a little note for myself, this is what Buddhism teaches but I cannot verify it.
So I was wondering what are people’s opinions on how important a belief in rebirth is? Do you believe? How do you think it affects your practice?