Tag: Reincarnation

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Tired of talking about Trump all the time?  Join the conversation on reincarnation!  This is the third in an ongoing multi-author series. With Plato, it’s complicated!  Plato never tells us directly what he believes, and it takes some work to figure out what he thinks based on what the characters in his dialogues (especially Socrates) […]

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Reincarnation: The Zen Buddhist Perspective

 

366218_origSydney Musai Walter Roshi, in Tricycle magazine, quoted Taizan Maezumi Roshi as saying, “ … in the Abhidharma it says we die and are reborn 6,400,099,980 times in 24 hours.” Musai Roshi went on to say, “This puts rebirth not in some future where we will pay for our sins or reap the benefits of our good behavior, but in this present moment, which is where we both experience and influence our karma.” In one sense, we are re-created or reborn in each moment.

I write this post as a Zen practitioner, not a teacher or scholar. But I enjoyed writing it and hope you enjoy reading it and find it informative.

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Beliefs I believe in reincarnation. My particular (or peculiar) set of beliefs gelled with an epiphany one day. The epiphany was that karma, as generally taught and thought of in the West, really makes no sense and that I did not believe in karma, but I did believe in grace. I grew up with the […]

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A discussion got started in the PIT the other week about reincarnation. It got me to wondering how many views of reincarnation there are out there. For instance, Plato spoke of it in one of his dialogues as something that just made sense. As a man may wear many cloaks over a lifetime, mightn’t a […]

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