Rebirth and the Western Buddhist by Martin Willson

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"Belief in reincarnation is without doubt one of the maximum cultural transformations among jap and Western concept. during this essay-published because the first of a brand new sequence of knowledge booklets-Martin Wilson offers arguments-devotional, scriptural, observational, logical, and scientific-for and opposed to rebirth. This soaking up article is a wonderful start line, with its multiple hundred references for Westerners drawn to delving into this debatable topic. (From book's cover).

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And places where mind and matter interact. But since in fact my mind was never part of that world, and nor were others' minds, to which I have absolutely no direct subjective access, it follows that however hard I look I cannot find these sensations or interactions, but only matter behaving in exact accordance with the laws of physics and chemistry-pulses shooting along nerve fibres, transmitter substances diffusing across synapses to trigger other neurons and being mopped up by enzymes, and all the other intricate processes of the nervous system.

Haich's book, too, despite certain difficulties with the esoteric teachings she recounts, conveys a powerful impression of the meaning of renunciation and Bodhicitta, and the dangers involved in Tantra-like practices. 2. Rarity of the human rebirth That one unconvincing deva, two animal, one tree, one preta and one hell existences have been recalled as against several thousand human existences appears difficult to reconcile with the Buddhist teachings that human existences are extremely rare. However, there are good reasons why one would not expect to have records of many existences in the realms of woe even if they do exist.

Before it became apparent. Indeed, the operation of the nervous system consumes chemical energy which eventually must come from food, and one might point to this as just such a process. The Dalai Lama offers the following consequences in refutation: With the development or decline of the body, the mind would necessarily be subject to the same processes. hi) engaging in ascetic practices would have a weakened mind; ... or else it would follow that just as a weakening of the body's warmth acts as a substantial cause for developing a cold sickness, so the weakening of the body would act as a cause developing the intelligence.

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