Aug. 21-27

August 26th, 2016

“Nagarjuna pointed out that there’s absolutely nothing that persists from moment to moment. In fact, there’s nothing that endures even the least bit—to actually be impermanent. He calls this Emptiness. This is the true meaning of impermanence. This observation—based solely on immediate, direct experience—is simply incompatible with any notion of reincarnation, since reincarnation assumes the persistence of some kind of embodied entity. There is no way to hold a view of reincarnation without holding a view of permanence. Thus, any view is reincarnation is antithetical to what the Buddha taught.”

-Steve Hagen

 
This Week’s Discussion Topic
If there is no such thing as a permanent, independent self, then how does rebirth work? What gets reborn?

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