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April 12, 2016


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Not trying to get in your face here, but your question seems to imply that rebirth might be understood as something other than literal. How is it possible to interpret Shakyamuni's discourses, particularly in reference to the deathless, in any other way?

If you accept the materialist view that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of the brain, how did it arise? All scientific theories on the matter require a leap of faith quite reminiscent of religion.

aaron: b/c consciousness (vijnana) is not limited by the corporeal body according to the Buddha. It is thru the mechanism of consciousness that rebirth takes place. There is a neuro-scientific basis for this is the work of Dr. Donald Hoffman (conscious realism) which sees us as "conscious agents".

why do you think rebirth is literal phenomena?

Thank you. This is, to me, one of your more concise and relatable posts in terms of where I'm at with my practice (and that probably tells you I'm still a beginner even after 10 years).

I've mentioned before that I read your posts to try and learn from someone who seems to possess an enviable knowledge of Zen, and I often fail to grasp the meaning of some of your more profound ideas.

But I find solace in this post because I feel like, in a way, we're on the same page (no pun)

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