Self Improvement

What Happens When We Die? Here’s What Buddhism Says!

  • I think we are kinda in a hell place right now.

  • Michael Nowacki

    The countable population of humans has been steadily rising for at least 10,000 years, esp. since ~2500 BCE. This means that there are more bodies coming into existence in any given generation than recurring souls from the previous one. Not even counting those that got promoted or demoted.

    This is very basic logic that is not accounted for in any recurrance cosmology. They all pre-date the invention of the zero by thousands of years, so there was no simple arithmetic with which to evaluate the idea.

    People who teach this now should be expected to provide an account that is not in contradiction to what is known about the physical universe.

    • Mark

      The fact that beings can be reincarnated as other species, could easily account for the increase in humans. There are countless other beings on earth alone, dwarfing the count of human beings infinitesimally.

    • maxpain12

      According to Karmic law at some point when an animal exhausts its karmic debt it can be reborn as a human. According to the Buddha the chance of being born a human is like going to the beach and picking up a grain of sand. Given every grain of sand on all beaches of the planet represents a soul (animal or human). If you count insects alone there may be trillions of them on earth. Therefore, to be born human alone is a feat, irrespective of ones life circumstances.

    • Michael Nowacki

      (I by no means consider it infallible; but my comments are informed by modern knowledge, just as the ancient ones were)

      Humans are known to be susceptible to some very basic and universal INTELLECTUAL fallacies; people of the pre-industrial era(s) had virtually no intellectual culture by which to develop their minds (and it would have been lethal to express critical thinking within earshot of a despot in, say, the Buddha’s society). The average citizen of the ancient world would present to us, in terms of pure intellectual functioning, as mildly mentally retarded (look up IQ range of 65-70)

      One is magical thinking; another is anthropomorphisation. I also point to the then not-so-distant-in-the-past traditions of animism. Insects, dogs, birds, and monkeys are organically incapable of the experiences and especially the volitional actions of humans. It is preposterous to suggest that any amount of time or repetition of existence in the form of these organisms could have any equivalency to human fate. This is literally as absurd as suggesting that one could atone for an emotional transgression by doing pushups (sorry, Catholics). Similarly, a rat that is spending a life as a rat because a) it was a bad dog in a previous cycle; or b) because it was a particularly noble mosquito; has no capacity to appreciate its being in either case. I emphasize here that Buddhism links karma to volitional action. If that is what determines the karmic fate of humans, I am asking for some form of non-absurd expansion on the doctrine regarding the supposed transmigration of an insect soul to that of a human.

  • dirkbruere

    No.That is the view of Tibetan Buddhism which is heavily influenced by the indigenoius Bon religion. More conventionally, there is no “you” to be reincarned. See the Diamond Sutra. Westerners prefer this Tibetan version because it helps maintain their ego view of existence/.

  • Danielle Stella

    “Heaven and hell are not a place but yet a state of existence.” As it is here on Earth. Since I was a child I always believed this to be true because it’s fair. Our actions determine what state of existence we end up in. That makes sense. It’s not a brainwashing cult with ideas that forbid free thinking. It simply states your actions determine your state of mind, not who or what you believe in as nobody truly knows.

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