rebirth and reincarnation

Anyone out there who could help differentiate rebirth and reincarnation?

bhantekirti2019's picture

Rebirth and Reincarnation

As far as I understand, rebirth is a process of becoming. Beings are born again and again due to ignorance, craving, passion. According to impermanent nature in Buddhism, it is said, ""Na ca so na ca anno" which simply means when someone is born, it is neither the same nor the different person. When we look back our old album, we see difference in us. We are neither the same in the album nor completely different person. I really like the explanation of Bhikkhu Yuttadhammo, a Canadian monk who says, There isn't in fact any such thing as rebirth, in ultimate reality. Nothing is truly reborn, ever. Every experience that is made up of the five aggregates arises and ceases without remainder. That is true death. Rebirth is a concept used to describe the change between one artificial framework of experiences (e.g. a human life) to another. The ultimate reality is that the mind simply arises and ceases at the last moment of life and then a new mind arises at the first moment of rebirth based on the last one, very similar to as has been occurring throughout one's life, except this time there is no old physical phenomena for it to be based on, so it is based solely on one's final state of mind in the last life.

Due to this impermanent and not self nature, the concept of reincarnation is contradictory according to Theravada Buddhism. In literal meaning, reincarnation is to born again as the same person.

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Hi,

In simple term reincarnation refers to a migrate a soul from a person death to a new body and rebirth refers to the continue of the previous karma from a person to a new life after rebirth.

hope this help

Rebirth and reincarnation

The process and final result of Rebirth and Reincarnation is the same. The only difference is that reincarnation is reserved for 'rich and famous' people like Dalai Lama, etc. Whereas rebirth is for commoners like you and me, as no one cares who you reincarnated from.

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Rebirth does not involve the concept of ‘soul’. Rebirth does not mean continuation of one self. Only the consciousness travels into the next living state. There is no guarantee of the next birth place, condition, form and etc. Karma has influence in this case. Upon rebirth, one mostly has no memory of the previous lives.
Reincarnation is concerning one having a ‘soul’. This ‘soul’ is a permanent entity and this ‘soul’ is able to transfer from one vessel to another. The ‘soul’ is free to get out and into the next available body. Buddhism taught us about anicca (impermanence). Since there is no permanent entity, there is no ‘soul’.

Phung Nguyen's picture

Continuity

Hi Dhamma friemds,

Can you access these links recommended by Prof. G A Somaratena?

Daya Sirisena on the Buddhist concept of Rebirth:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZAg3IG2ZcM
Karma and Rebirth in Theravāda Buddhism by Brian Ruhe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC41hpd0_X0

Thanks

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Reincarnation:
you die and wake up tomorrow in the body of Marlon Brando: the "brain transplant" hypothesis.
Rebirth: the flame and the candle analogy in Buddhism.
You light a candle with another candle:
is the flame the same?
the wax?
the wick?
yet the second candle kind of arises out of the first, right?

FWIW