- It's the loving the whole world thing that gets in our way. It is the hardest thing to do, but I have a sneeking suspicion that once you do, it is easy. There are those I love in this way, but many more I do not. I work on it every day.Namaste'Karen
"Existence needs you. Without you something will be missing in existence and nobody can replace it." Osho
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- --- In Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com, "Annette Gill" >
> But I don't believe in mind as anything separate from the physicalThis falls in line with my own way of thinking.
> brain. Therefore, I don't think my mind will survive my death. I
> don't believe I have a soul either, so as far as I can see, when I
> die there will be nothing left of me except an inert pile of atoms.
As far as reincarnation goes, I believe in it to the extent that when
we die, we eventually revert the our natural state, which is that
state that everything is made of, be it atoms or the smaller
measurements of quantum physics. You revert back to that basic
energy that the entire universe is made of, in essence, returning to
the "whole" or "center". Now what if your body was buried in the
ground, and it help to nourish the land as it decomposed (yeah, I
know, but bear with me on this <G>), then a tree started to grow in
that spot. Wouldn't you in essence be a part of the tree?
Everything is a part of everything else. We all have sunlight in us
simply because we were exposed to it. We have thousands of elements
in common with the universe, because we are one with it. It merely
changes form and helps to create something new, and to me THAT is
Someone mentioned the "self" earlier, the self is nothing but a
collection of memories. If a person "loses his mind" and acts
differently from the person he was, then it is said that that person
is "no longer himself" and they are right. Lose your memories, and
you lose everything you are. That's the bottom line. "Self" is an
illusion we create, and being an illusion, it is unreal. And that,
my friends, steers us in the direction of eternal philosophical
I don't know if there is some essence in us that carries on when we
pass. I don't disregard the possibility, because I've seen strange
things happen that looks in ways like predestination. And my views
are open, because like me, they are never stationary, but constantly
changing as I learn. <G>