Karma and Rebirth The Hell Realms where one goes after self-indulgence and ignorance. In Buddhism, death does not spell the ending of life but a new beginning. 162, Anguttara III.54-74 and Petavatthu II.9. This is discussed in many Suttas of different Nikayas. Instead, when a person dies, it means their body dies, but their spirit remains to find things through attachment. [4][9] Some Buddhist traditions assert that "no self" doctrine means that there is no perduring self, but there is avacya (inexpressible) self which migrates from one life to another. Jainism, further asserts that some souls can never achieve liberation, that ethical living such as Ahimsa (non-violence) and asceticism are means to liberation for those who can attain liberation, and that liberated souls reach the eternal siddha (enlightened state) that ends their rebirth cycles. mental events must also be conditioned by previous mental events, and so on). Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research illuminates a complex topic with great clarity and understanding.” -- Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening “Bhikkhu Analayo’s book Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research is a refreshing breath of fresh air. So it can be concluded that the understanding of rebirth in the context of the cycle of consciousness is an invaluable and practical component of the fundamental aim of Buddhism. [61] To defend rebirth, Dharmakirti initially focuses on refuting the materialist doctrine of the Carvaka school, which held that the support (asraya) for cognition is the body and that when the body is destroyed, cognition is destroyed. 10. ignorance. [4] The six realms of rebirth include three good realms – Deva (heavenly, god), Asura (demigod), Manusya (human); and three evil realms – Tiryak (animals), Preta (ghosts), and Naraka (hellish). The doctrine of rebirth is meaningful in Buddhism only insofar as it provides a basis for the continuity of ethical consequences. ISBN 817822058X Instead of this 'literal' view, he interpreted the true meaning of rebirth as the re-arising of the sense of self or "I" or "me", a kind of “self-centredness” which is "a mental event arising out of ignorance, craving, and clinging." Glenn H. Mullin, Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition, Arkana, 1986. [25] Later Buddhist scholars such as Buddhaghosa suggested that the lack of a self or soul does not mean lack of continuity; and the rebirth across different realms of birth – such as heavenly, human, animal, hellish and others – occurs in the same way that a flame is transferred from one candle to another.[26][27]. [85][88][89] Jainism, like Buddhism, also believes in realms of birth[note 6] and is symbolized by its emblematic Swastika sign,[91] with ethical and moral theories of its lay practices focussing on obtaining good rebirth. [4][11][12] Some traditions assert that the rebirth occurs immediately, while others such as Tibetan Buddhism posit an interim state wherein as many of 49 days pass between death and rebirth and this belief drives the local funerary rituals.[4][13]. In this interpretation, our actions do have consequences beyond our present lives, but these are “collective not individual.”[74]. According to this view, we have tendencies to act and think in particular ways. [4], The release from this endless cycle of rebirths, rebecoming and redeaths is called nirvana (nibbana) in Buddhism, and achievement of nirvana is the ultimate goal of Buddhist teaching. [4] While Nirvana is the ultimate goal of Buddhist teaching, much of traditional Buddhist practice has been centered on gaining merit and merit transfer, whereby one gains rebirth in the good realms and avoids rebirth in the evil realms. Some schools were led to the conclusion that karma continued to exist in some sense and adhere to a particular person until it had worked out its consequences. 1983. Not all gandhabbas are conscious of their actions, for example, it might enter the womb to shelter from a chaotic storm. It then installs itself in the womb until birth takes place. [4][14] The entire universal process of beings being reborn again and again is called "wandering about" (Pali/Sanskrit: saṃsāra). Within the human realms, Jainism asserts that rebirth lineage and gender depends on karma in the past lives. ISBN 0684851938 As a result, they look for a new life. The Tibetan schools, on the other hand, hold to the notion of a bardo (intermediate state) which can last up to forty-nine days, and this has led to the development of a unique `science’ of death and rebirth, a good deal of which is set down in what is popularly known as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. [4][3][10] The Buddhist traditions have disagreed on what it is in a person that is reborn, as well as how quickly the rebirth occurs after each death. Furthermore it is possible to observe a karmic link between these mind-states. In Theravada Buddhism, it is taught that three factors are necessary for rebirth: the mother's egg, the father's sperm, and the energy of karma (kamma-vega in Pali). The lack of a fixed self does not mean lack of continuity. However, the Buddhist doctrine of rebirth should be differentiated from the transmigration and reincarnation of other systems because Buddhism denies the existence of a transmigrating permanent soul, created by a God or emanating from a Paramātmā (Supreme or Universal Soul). ISBN 1855384124 Jennings interpreted the teaching of rebirth in a less than literal sense. According to medical expert, after every seven years, all the cells in one’s body are replaced by new ones. There are many references to rebirth in the early Buddhist scriptures. Tom Tillemans (2011), Dharmakirti, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Hungry Ghosts for those who had earthly attachments they will return as a subtle part of the earth. Poussin; Bouddhisme, Third Edition, Paris, 1925, p. 129, Kalupahana, David J. However, this still leaves the question as to what exactly it is that is reborn. [25] The texts also suggest that the Anicca theory led to difficulties in explaining that there is a permanent consciousness that moves from life to life. A mind-state arises, exists and, being impermanent, ceases following which the next mind-state arises. ISBN 0700703381 Jayatilleke, K. N.; Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge, p. 375, 406-407. The early Buddhist texts suggest that Buddha faced a difficulty in explaining what is reborn and how rebirth occurs, after he innovated the concept that there is "no self" (Anatta). The Sautrantika sub-school of the Saravastivada Buddhist tradition, that emerged in 2nd century BCE, and influenced the 4th-century CE Yogacara school of Buddhism, introduced the idea of "transmigrating substratum of consciousness". But again, how is it that saṃskāras can be transferred from one being to another? Rebirth in Buddhism Rebirth (Sanskrit, punarāvṛtti, punarutpatti, punarjanman, or punarjÄ«vātu), also called transmigration and reincarnation, is the belief common to all Buddhist traditions that birth and death occur in successive cycles driven by: 1. What they are reborn as depends on their actions in their previous life (kamma). Rebirth in Buddhism is the doctrine that the evolving consciousness (Pali: samvattanika-viññana) [1] [2] or stream of consciousness (Pali: viññana-sotam, [3] Sanskrit: vijñāna-srotām, vijñāna-santāna, or citta-santāna) upon death (or "the dissolution of the aggregates" (P. khandhas, S. skandhas)), becomes one of the contributing causes for the arising of a new aggregation. It merely continues on in other forms. At the same time (and paralleled in other terminology definitions, such as Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha) there is another, more refined view of rebirth which describes the cycle of death and rebirth in the context of consciousness rather than bodily birth and death. Origins of the rebirth concept in Buddhism can be traced to Hindu doctrines of reincarnation and karma. The cycle stops only if liberation is achieved by insight and the extinguishing of desire. Lee Kane, Editor on March 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm. In every moment an individual is born, decayed, and dead, the illusion of "me" or the five skandhas are constantly renewed through this cycle. Some English-speaking Buddhists prefer the term "rebirth" or "re-becoming" (Sanskrit: punarbhava; Pali: punabbhava) to "reincarnation" as they take the latter to imply an entity (soul) that is reborn. ISBN 9552401763 While Theravada Buddhism generally denies there is an intermediate state, some early Buddhist texts seem to support it. The death process and this intermediate state were believed to offer a uniquely favourable opportunity for spiritual awakening. Rebirth makes sense in Hinduism, since Vedanta claims that there’s a soul or essence somewhere in the mind and body. Buddhist meditation teachers suggest that through careful observation of the mind, it is possible to see consciousness as being a sequence of conscious moments rather a continuum of awareness. However, rebirth could instead be understood as the recurrence of our selfish desires which could repeat themselves “in endless succeeding generations”. [note 4][note 5] However, much of traditional Buddhist practice has been centered on gaining merit and merit transfer, whereby an individual gains rebirth for oneself or one's family members in the good realms, and avoids rebirth in the evil realms. Some modern Buddhists have taken this position. in Karma and Rebirth: Narada Thera, Buddhism in a nutshell, p. 17. According to Buddhism we are born from the matrix of action (Kammayoni). [61] According to Martin Willson, this kind of argument is the most commonly used in the Tibetan philosophical tradition to establish the truth of rebirth and in its most simple form can be put as follows:[64]. The researchers tend to take on cases in which they expect they might be able to uncover a “previous personality” (PP). Clearly this explanation of rebirth is wholly divorced from rebirth which may follow bodily death and it is possible for a Buddhist to believe in either, both or neither definition. Robert A.F. Jayatilleke writes that the Buddha's "wager argument" in MN 60 is that a rational person (viññu puriso) would reason as follows:[72], The Kalama Sutta also contains a similar wager argument towards rebirth, called the "four assurances" or "four consolations". [74], The Thai modernist Buddhist monk Buddhadāsa (1906–1993) also had an rationalistic or psychological interpretation of rebirth. The gandhabba witnesses its potential father and mother in sexual union and (if it is male) experiences lust for his mother and hatred towards the father, whom he sees as a rival (and vice versa). The site for buddhistic culture, history, schools, temples, karma, meditation and many more topics for your religious studies. In this Teaching that is so well proclaimed by me and is plain, open, explicit and free of patchwork; for those who are arahants, free of taints, who have accomplished and completed their task, have laid down the burden, achieved their aim, severed the fetters binding to existence, who are liberated by full knowledge, there is no (future) round of existence that can be ascribed to them. One of the features that distinguishes the Middle Eastern religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) from the Indian religions (most notably Hinduism and Buddhism) is the view of life and death. Sutta 44.9. Some schools conclude that karma continued to exist and adhere to the person until it had worked out its consequences. Wisdom Publications. [38][39], Another mechanistic rebirth theory that emerged in Buddhism posits that a being is reborn through "evolving consciousness" (Pali: samvattanika viññana, M.1.256)[40][41] or "stream of consciousness" (Pali: viññana sotam, D.3.105) that reincarnates. Nirvana is the state that marks the end of this consciousness continuum and the associated karmic cycle of suffering through rebirths and redeaths. Willson, Martin, Rebirth and the Western Buddhist, Wisdom Publications London, 1987, p. 42. van Gorkom, Nina, Abhidhamma in Daily Life, 2009 p. 97. The American monk Thanissaro Bhikkhu has argued for the acceptance of the Buddhist idea of rebirth as a type of pragmatic wager argument (Pali: apaṇṇaka, "safe bet" or "guarantee"). These questions were problematic for the early Buddhists, and they came up with many theories to respond to them. When applying this argument to the issue of rebirth and karmic results, the Buddha sometimes coupled it with a second pragmatic argument that resembles Pascal's wager: If one practices the Dhamma, one leads a blameless life in the here-and-now. Rebirth in the Six Realms 6 Realms of Rebirth Buddhism teaches that birth, death and rebirth are part of the continuing process of change. Buddhism says the same thing, except there’s no soul or essence in the mind and body. The effects of good moral actions lead to wholesome rebirths, Rebirth as postulated in Buddhism is fundamentally different from re-incarnation in Hinduism, though Gautama Buddha the propagator Buddhism got inspiration from Hinduism to delve deep into the concept. Irrespective of our personal survival, the legacy of our thoughts, words, and deeds will continue through the impressions we leave behind in the lives of those we have influenced or touched in any way. A primary aim of Buddhism is to break free of the wheel of samsara, and to reach a new level called Nirvana. According to Buddhadāsa, this is what "rebirth" truly means on the ultimate level (paramattha) of discourse. This raises the question : "What is the person?" "[61] For Dharmakirti, all events are dependent on multiple causes, and they must be preceded by an "antecendent causal condition" of the same class. Source: Ñāṇamoli & Bodhi (2001), Middle-Length Discourses, pp. This in and of itself is a worthy activity regardless of whether the rest of the path was true. Gethin: [R]ebirth in the lower realms is considered to be the result of relatively unwholesome (akuśala/akusala), or bad (pāpa) karma, while rebirth in the higher realms the result of relatively wholesome (kuśala/kusala), or good (puṇya/puñña) karma. [4][8][9], Ancient Buddhists as well as some moderns cite the reports of the Buddha and his disciples of having gained direct knowledge into their own past lives as well as those of other beings through a kind of parapsychological ability or extrasensory perception (termed abhiñña). The classical metaphor is of an acorn. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully: The Profound Practice of Transference of Consciousness, Tharpa, 1999. "Post-Classical Developments in the Concepts of Karma and Rebirth in Theravada Buddhism. The belief in rebirth forms a fundamental tenet of Buddhism. ", Basic points unifying Theravāda and Mahāyāna, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rebirth_(Buddhism)&oldid=995009100, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2016, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, We are condemned by the wise in this life, This page was last edited on 18 December 2020, at 18:33. and the effects of bad moral actions lead to unwholesome rebirths. Martin Willson, Rebirth and the Western Buddhist, Wisdom Publications, 1987. With respect to the knowing (consciousness or mind) of an ordinary being just born: it is preceded by earlier knowing; because it is knowing. If there is an afterlife with karmic results, then one has won a double reward: the blamelessness of one's life here and now, and the good rewards of one's actions in the afterlife. Therefore, the whole question of rebirth is quite foolish and has nothing to do with Buddhism…in the sphere of the Buddhist teachings there is no question of rebirth or reincarnation.”[76] However, Buddhadāsa did not completely reject the rebirth doctrine, he only saw the idea that there is something that gets reborn into a future womb as “trivial”. The Buddha was born and grew up in a Hindu society, where belief in reincarnation was integral to the religious and cultural composition of that society. (There are exceptions to this rule, such as the dibbukim of Judaism, but those are in fact exceptions rather than the rule.). https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/truth_of_rebirth.html, "Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Apannaka Sutta: A Safe Bet, 2008", "A Buddhist Ethic Without Karmic Rebirth? i and anātman in Sanskrit) in Buddhism which emphasizes there is no “independent” and “permanent” self Ignorance creates desire and unsatisfied desire cause rebirth His teachings, known as the dharma in Buddhism, can be summarized in the Four Noble truths.". The process seen from a universal perspective, enco… You are correct, however, most people use them interchangeably, and for the purposes of discussion we find we often do as well. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Rebirth (Sanskrit, punarāvṛtti, punarutpatti, punarjanman, or punarjÄ«vātu), also called transmigration and reincarnation, is the belief common to all Buddhist traditions. Peter Harvey, The Selfless Mind: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism, Curzon, 1995. For example, a flame is transferred from one candle to another, or a fire spreads from one field to another. 9. restlessness "Post-Classical Developments in the Concepts of Karma and Rebirth in Theravada Buddhism." [92], "Monks, this Teaching so well proclaimed by me, is plain, open, explicit, free of patchwork. [71], Sri Lankan Buddhist philosopher K.N. Thanissaro argues that "the Buddha stated that it's a safe wager to assume that actions bear results that can affect not only this lifetime for also lifetimes after this than it is to assume the opposite. According to medical expert, after every seven years, all the cells in one’s body are replaced by new ones. In the practice of Vipassana meditation, the meditator uses “bare attention” to observe the endless round of mind-states. What is it that gets reborn? The ancient Indian Vedic and Sramana schools affirmed the idea of soul, karma and cycle of rebirth. As such being precedes being. Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research illuminates a complex topic with great clarity and understanding.” (Joseph Goldstein, author of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening ) “Bhikkhu Analayo’s book Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research is a refreshing breath of fresh air. One school that adopted this view was the Sarvāstivāda, who believed that between death and rebirth there is a sort of limbo in which beings do not yet reap the consequences of their previous actions but in which they may still influence their rebirth. Ringu … John C. Plott et al (2000), Global History of Philosophy: The Axial Age, Volume 1, Motilal Banarsidass. The Buddha set out the law of dependent origination which seeks to explain the complex steps that lead from death to a new life, using the term rebirth rather than reincarnation. Tom Shroder, Old Souls: Scientific Search for Proof of Past Lives, Simon and Schuster, 2001. Rebirth in Buddhism refers to its teaching that the actions of an individual lead to a new existence after death. Within Buddhism, the term rebirth or re-becoming (Sanskrit: punarbhava) is preferred to «reincarnation«, as the latter is taken to imply there is a fixed entity that is reborn. Franco, Eli, Dharmakīrti on compassion and rebirth, Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 1997, p. 105. That is, if the mind is not being conditioned by a previous cognitive event, then it cannot arise from inert matter. Through its desire for sex, the gandhabba interposes itself between the parents. Ethics in Early Buddhism, 1995, p. 35, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, The Truth of Rebirth and Why it Matters for Buddhist Practice © 2012. The cycle stops only if liberation is achieved by insight and the extinguishing of desire. This means that all mental events must have a previous mental event as part of its causal nexus (presumably stretching back before one's birth). For them, each act `perfumed’ the individual and led to the planting of a `seed’ that would later germinate as a good or bad karmic result. 3. ascetic or ritual rules, up to seven rebirths inhuman or heavenly realms, once more ina heavenly realm(Pure Abodes), 6. material-rebirth desire However, the belief in rebirth is not confined to Buddhist; it is also found in other countries, in other religions, and even among free thinkers. Since there actually is another world (any world other than the present human one, i.e. Buddhism focuses on the rebirth or renewal of the illusion of "me" that individuals have. A being is born, lives, dies and then is re-born. This cycle is considered to be dukkha, unsatisfactory and painful. [42] Death dissolves all prior aggregates (Pali: khandhas, Sanskrit: skandhas), and this consciousness stream combined with karma of a being contributes to a new aggregation, which is rebirth. When the body dies, this essence takes another based on its karma and desires. Reincarnation implies the transfer of an essence, or a soul, while rebirth follows the law of causality, or dependent origination, where this arises because of circumstances which happened before. In other words, the energy of the karma we create survives us and causes rebirth. Believing that the doctrine of anatta (not-self) is incompatible with the view that the actions of one individual can have repercussions for the same individual in a future life, Jennings argued that the doctrine of actual transmigration was an "Indian dogma" that was not part of the original teachings of the Buddha. Along with memorie… "becoming". This observation derives insight and understanding from seeing this cycle of birth, death and rebirth without interfering, owning or judging the individual states of mind that arise and pass away. The Connected Discourses of the Buddha. It should be well to keep in mind that barring Hinduism no religion existed in that time. The main phenomenon studied in reincarnation research is mental or physical attributes passing from one life to another. Bucknell, Roderick S., and Martin Stuart-Fox. Pythagoras could remember his previous birth. Willson notes that this relies on two further assumptions, the first is that any mental continuum must have previous causes, the second is that materialism is false and that mind cannot emerge solely from matter (emergentism). At the moment of conception it is past Kamma that conditions the initial consciousness that vitalizes the fetus. There is no such teaching in Buddhism--a fact that surprises many people, even some Buddhists One of the most fundamental doctrines of Buddhism is anatta, or anatman--no soul or no self. Buddhism teaches that birth, death and rebirth are part of the continuing process of change. Animal Realm where a person driven by impulse lives in animalistic conditions. ISBN 0861712153 [18] The Buddha's detailed conception of the connections between action (karma), rebirth and causality is set out in the twelve links of dependent origination.[10]. [70] According to Thanissaro: The Buddha's main pragmatic argument is that if one accepted his teachings, one would be likely to pay careful attention to one's actions, so as to do no harm. [16] From these diverse views, Buddha accepted the premises and concepts related to rebirth,[17] but introduced innovations. Karma arises from craving or desire-ridden actions, which are in turn caused by attraction and aversion and attachment or clinging. [79][80][81] Thus while both Buddhism and Hinduism accept the karma and rebirth doctrine, and both focus on ethics in this life as well as liberation from rebirth and suffering as the ultimate spiritual pursuit, they have a very different view on whether a self or soul exists, which impacts the details of their respective rebirth theories. There is no word corresponding exactly to the English terms "rebirth", "metempsychosis", "transmigration" or "reincarnation" in the traditional Buddhist languages of Pāli and Sanskrit. (according to the Sutta Piṭaka[31]), 1. identity view (Anatman) Most religions believe that the core of the person, the real person, is the soul, a non-material and eternal entity that survives in the afterlife. ), The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Liberation Through Understanding in the Between, HarperCollins, 1998. [29] This concept of personal entity to explain rebirth by Pudgalavada Buddhists was polemically attacked by Theravada Buddhists in the early 1st millennium CE. The patisandhi-citta is the first citta of a new life and thus its cause can only be in the past."[66]. Buddha taught that life does not end. [1] According to various Buddhist scriptures, Buddha believed in other worlds. A rebirth, that is, the state one is born into, is referred to as jāti, i.e. [37] These ideas led to mechanistic maps on karma and what form of rebirth one takes after death, discussed in texts such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. [23] Numerous other terms for rebirths are found in the Buddhist scriptures, such as Punagamana, Punavasa, Punanivattati, Abhinibbatti, and words with roots of *jati and *rupa. Hayes, Richard P. Dharmakirti on punarbhava,1993. The cycle stops only if liberation is achieved by insight and the extinguishing of desire. For the religions of India, existence is cyclical. Buddhism teaches that when a person dies they are reborn and that this process of death and rebirth will continue until Nirvana is attained. [4] The six realms of rebirth include Deva (heavenly), Asura (demigod), Manusya (human), Tiryak (animals), Preta (ghosts), and Naraka (resident of hell). Franco, Eli, Dharmakīrti on compassion and rebirth, Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universität Wien, 1997, p. 95. For Hinduism, this process is known as reincarnation and provides a framework that is consistent with its other beliefs. 2. doubt in Buddha [63] Dharmakirti also argues that mental events can causally condition physical events, and thus there is no reason to privilege matter as being primary. in, See, for instance, the "Snake-Simile Discourse" (. [74], The rebirth theories in different traditions within Hinduism rely on their foundational assumption that soul exists (Atman, attā), in contrast to Buddhist assumption that there is no soul. "[70] Thanissaro cites Majjhima Nikaya 60 (Apaṇṇaka sutta) where the Buddha says that if there is an afterlife, those who perform bad actions have "made a bad throw twice" (because they are harmed in this world and in the next) while those who perform good actions will not, and thus he calls his teaching a "safe-bet teaching". c. 6th or 7th century), as well as later commentators on their works, also put forth philosophical arguments in favor of rebirth and especially directed against the reductionist materialist philosophy of the Carvaka school. there is nothing that is permanent and survives death ( anicca) there is no ultimate self ( anatta) [3] Buddhism denies there is any such soul or self in a living being, but does assert that there is a cycle of transmigration consisting of rebirth and redeath as the fundamental nature of existence.[3][4][15]. Perhaps still more difficult to understand is how a being in one life can reap the consequences of the conduct of another who is now dead. 41-43. Thurman (trans. by Bruce Matthews. Vicki MacKenzie, Reborn in the West, HarperCollins, 1997. These are called the Gati in cycles of re-becoming, Bhavachakra. The early Buddhist texts make it clear that there is no permanent consciousness that moves from life to life. Theravada Buddhism generally asserts that rebirth is immediate. This merit gaining may be on the behalf of one's family members. [87] Further, Jainism considers that the rebirth has a start, that rebirth and redeath cycle is a part of a progression of a soul, karmic dust particles emanate from ethical or unethical intent and actions, these karmic particles stick to the soul which determines the next birth. In this context rebirth is simply the persistence of this process. rebirth in buddhism. While all Buddhist traditions seem to accept some notion of rebirth, there is no unified view about precisely how events unfold after the moment of death. (Modern technologies, such as in vitro fertilization and cloning, would seem difficult to accommodate into this account.) This is similar to the continuous process of growth, decay and replacement of cells in one’s body. 1. What is The Concept of Rebirth in Buddhism? The competing Indian materialist schools denied the idea of soul, karma and rebirth, asserting instead that there is just one life, there is no rebirth, and death marks complete annihilation. There is no reincarnation in buddhism, but there is rebirth. ISBN 052139726X [23][24] Āgati-gati in the sense of rebirth and re-death appears in many places in early Buddhist texts, such as in Samyutta Nikaya III.53, Jataka II.172, Digha Nikaya I. ISBN 1899579613, Reinkarnasi Kelahiran semula Wedergeboorte (boeddhisme) Renascimento (budismo), © 2006 - 2019 ✵ Buddhism Guide ✑ monk@buddhism-guide.com, Rebirth in the context of other religions and other Buddhist beliefs, 5.1 Sources that identify rebirth with reincarnation, there is nothing that is permanent and survives death (. by Bruce Matthews. [1][9] The Buddha introduced the concept that there is no soul (self) tying the cycle of rebirths, in contrast to themes asserted by various Hindu and Jaina traditions, and this central concept in Buddhism is called anattā; Buddha also affirmed the idea that all compounded things are subject to dissolution at death or anicca. The explanation of rebirth as a cycle of consciousness is much more consistent with other core Buddhist beliefs, such as anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness) and anatta (non-self). 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