Rebirth: A difficult point for Westerners

Teachings at Tse Chen Ling Center, San Francisco, California, USA.

The Buddhist world view

  • Buddhist view of beginningless time, the continuity of mind and body, past and future lives
  • Examples, incidents for thinking about rebirth
  • How understanding rebirth can benefit Dharma practice

Rebirth 01 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Are there rebirths in other universes?
  • Could you explain the term adventitious in terms of disturbing attitudes?
  • It seems like we benefit from others’ unfortunate rebirth in lower realms. Do we benefit from their suffering?
  • Can you talk about samsara and nirvana? Are they dualistic?
  • How can you become friendly and not be overwhelmed by others?
  • How can I share space with others in a constructive way? How can I heal anger?
  • What does emptiness mean when everything seems so concrete?

Rebirth 02 (download)

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