The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Themes

Sogyal Rinpoche
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Reincarnation

The Buddhist faith believes that reincarnation is related to continuity of the mind. The Dalai Lama explains that the mind is real, as shown by one's ability to think and learn, and is clearly changing continuously, as shown by the mind's alterations based on external stimuli. Further, the mind is clearly linked with physiological states of the body. If one were to trace back this mind, one would find a continuous pattern and origin of the mind, showing proof for successive rebirths. The Buddhists also believe in universal causation, or the idea that all things are subject to change based on causes and conditions, rather than an overall superior being. Thus, everything is self-created. Therefore, the mind must come into being because of previous instants of mind. Substantial causes are those that are produced of something else, and cooperative factors are those that contribute to causation. In the...

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