Rebirth

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  • Created on: 10-05-18 16:44

In Buddhism, the idea of life and death can be summarised in a process called samsara (the cycle of existence or the wheel of life)

  • The process of life and death is not linear: a person is born and lives, but upon death there is no sense of finality
  • Most Western religions accept the final stage of judgement by a creator God, but there is no need for such an idea in Buddhism:  life simply changes at death and continues with a new life

The idea of reliving one's life in a cyclic existence is knwon as punabhava, which is referred to as rebirth

  • Only when a person has followed the Eightfold Path to become an arhat is there

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