No pretention here to be thinking that this one might anwer your questions, but, there are a series of questions you might ask yourself regarding the issues you raise.
1. The notion of permanancy should not be looked at as only a neccesarily Buddhist subject as it exists in realtion to that which is called maya, or impermanancy for all folks. But you might begin by asking questions from a relative point of view rather than jumping to absolutes. That is, what occurs when the body is at rest when you say you have slept? And isn't this something all people, Buddhist or not, talk about? Aren't you concious in a particular way when asleep, and is there a relationship between this sleep state, in which one remains unusually conscious, and the in-between states called Bardo in between lives. Could these states of consciousness be seen as more permanent then what the 5 senses experience?
2. Is consciousness a stream of awareness blocked or inhibited by the 5 senses, and refective of ego or selfishness to the extent that this stream goes unoticed due to our addiction to sense information. And what is the relationship of this stream of "I" to the notion of permanance.
3. Can the mind of impermance actually comprehend answers regarding permanence?
4. If death be seen as a moment to moment thing where one awakens to awarenesses and then experiences ignorance the next moment, then the bodily death isn't the only one. In this respect His Holiness and tulkus are more continually awake than us, and not so hindered by the loss of the 5 senses at death, because they have practiced mindfullness to such an extent while in the body that losing it is merely a karmic moment brought about by physiological conditions.
Mindfullness is not therefore a ritual but the practice of being a Mind being, who contemplates continuity while in samsara.
Just some thoughts-Steve
--- On Sat, 12/12/09, imh_98 <ebaymessages@...> wrote:
From: imh_98 <ebaymessages@...>
Subject: [TBG] Samsara, Impermanence, no-self and rebirth
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009, 8:48 PM
Question I have been pondering for a few days.
If there is nothing about us that is permanent, there is no "I" or "me", how is there rebirth, or in the case of HHDL and Tulkus, reincarnation? Those two concepts seem to contradict each other.