Posted by Joel on June 29, 1999 at 03:08:20:
In Reply to: Reincarnation - is that an important issue in Buddhism ? posted by Oernulf on May 26, 1999 at 07:30:13:
I believe that Buddha was influenced by the beliefs of his time. He was a very wise man and understood misery. Nobody knows where it is that we have come from just as no one knows where we go when we die. The point is to focus on the life that we know. Understand what is important to living. The absence of the self is just another way of saying the absence of pride. Pride is eliminated through the elimination of pride. It is my opinion that there is reincarnation but not of the soul. We continue certain traits of our personality when we reproduce. Our children become the reincarnation of ourselves and our partners. Pride is directly related to ownership. It is ownership that makes us proud. To eliminate pride is to eliminate ownership. To have a wife is ownership. To have a child is ownership. We no longer become reincarnated once we eliminate all ownership. The last thing you will ever own is your body. You give that up in death. My advice to you is to not use Buddhism as a guide to enlightenment to be taken as a step by step process but to understand why these steps are necessary to living a peaceful life. "Why" is much more important than "how." Good luck with your search.
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