Posted by Sergio (22.214.171.124) on August 05, 2000 at 00:46:07:
In Reply to: Re: reincarnation and rebirth posted by Nawang Gyltsen on August 04, 2000 at 19:11:05:
There is no reincarnation of lamas. There is rebirth of Lamas. This is under the Technical Buddhist point of view. Perhaps you use to listen the phrase “reincarnation of a lama”, but this is a custom. It refers to a rebirth under the Buddhist point of view, but in the West we don’t see difference between reincarnation and rebirth, and we use both words in any context. Technically this is wrong, but only a few people know the difference. For most westerns they are the same. Academically, they are words with very different meaning.
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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