Posted by Nawang Gyltsen (18.104.22.168) on August 04, 2000 at 19:11:05:
In Reply to: Re: reincarnation and rebirth posted by Sergio on August 02, 2000 at 03:02:21:
Thanks a lot for the response but the question still remains is that, why do we buddhists believe in reincarnation of lamas as we say ,for example: HH The Dalai Lama is described as the reincarnation of Avalokiteshwara.
: Reincarnation is a word which refers to the soul returning to an other existence. The Buddha was against this idea of soul, which was a Hindu idea adopted later by Christianity. In the Attman Sutra, the Buddha talks about the no existence of God and Soul. Under the Hinduist point of view, the soul is our real self, our identity that migrates from a life to an other. For the Buddha there is not such identity and not mutable entity, but a mind which changes all the time, and which has no identity. Identity means identical, and there is nothing identical because all changes. So the Buddha refused this idea of soul because it was an affirmation of the self, the ego, and the Buddha’s teachings are all clear about the no existence of the self as permanent.
: So for Buddhism the right word is Rebirth, because this word refers to the migration of a mutable mind, which is the opposite of reincarnation, which is a word used by Hinduism designated for the idea of a not mutable soul.
: I hope it be useful
: : how these two are different? please do let me have
: : some insight.
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