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Buddhism, my problem

  1. May 19, 2005 #1
    the buddhism teaches us that our consciousness are reincarnated whenever we pass away. However, just like the problem posed by athiests to christians about the notation of a beginning, I too, have the same question. Suppose that buddhists are right and that reincarnation is the way to go, how did our consciousness went into rotation in the first place?
     
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  3. May 19, 2005 #2

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    By conservation of angular momentum.
     
  4. May 19, 2005 #3
    There is no such thing as a true begining. In Judaism/christianity God creates everything in the begininning, but then this wasn't really the beginning, because god already existed and it seems impossible for there to be a beginning. This is similar to the buddhism problem. The reason that this problem exists is because Man always sees things as having a beginning and an end. It is hard for us to understand that existence cannot have a beginning. It's not an irrational idea though. The circle doesn't have a beginning or an end.
     
  5. May 20, 2005 #4

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    Very Zen, arildno. :rofl: :cool:
     
  6. May 20, 2005 #5
    From a spiritual point of view, it really doesn't matter. But believing such things, especially if you work in science or math, in my opinion, takes a degree of "Doublethink".
     
  7. May 20, 2005 #6
    Reincarnation is a religious doctrine, not a philosophical concept. As such, it doesn't have to make sense.
     
  8. May 22, 2005 #7

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    Is that any harder to believe than a universe emerges from nothing, or one that bangs and collapses in eternal cycles?
     
  9. May 23, 2005 #8

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    Please see our policy on religious discussions. This is a question that is best left for buddhism in particular, rather than philosophy in general.
     
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