Confusion about the purpose of teachings

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Posted by Paul Moore on November 04, 1998 at 07:49:28:

I'm a seeker on the path and over the past while I have
found myself drawn towards buddhism. In the reading I
have done, which I must admit is not extensive, I find
myself becoming very confused about the 'ultimate goal'
of the buddhist faith. The 4 truths and 8 fold path
make absolute sense to me.
The part I have problems with is the no soul piece.
What is the point of development if at the end of it
there is just nothingness. I think I must be missing
something fundamental here. How can the Dali Lama be
reincarnated if there is not some vehicle for his
'personality' to survive on and how does samsara fit in
to this concept.
My own particular take until now is that some part(soul,
spark of the eternal) of us survives and carries with it
our higher learning to date in a cycle of death and rebirth so at
some point we evolve to the point where we may be of
service to humanity and life as a whole.

Can someone clarify this for me.

goes on

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