Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

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Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby eddie martin » Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:58 pm

Hi

What is the Theravada view of recognizing rebirths like they do in the Tibetan Mahayana school and its tulku system?Do they even have a view or does it vary?Basically the idea of being able to locate various rebirths through lama's dreams,visions and intuitions etc.I know both schools adhere to the teachings of rebirth but how likely is it that one could have insight in to another's rebirth?
I'm sure there is cases where political influence has decided various tulku's appointments but leaving that aside is it possible have knowledge of rebirths?For example the 16th Karmapa from the Kagyu traditions was undoubtedly a very accomplished yogi,was this maybe because of efforts in a past life or just because he had access to teachings from a very young age.(i'm not truly looking anyone to answer that i'm just curious).i guess i'm just wondering is it actually possible to recognize rebirths,is there any mention of this in Theravada Buddhism?

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby cooran » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:49 pm

Hello Eddie,

Maybe read this article by Bhikkhu Pesala - especially the part "Rebirth is NOT reincarnation":

http://www.theravada-dhamma.org/blog/?p=9257

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby Eightfolder » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:06 pm

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... 4.html#ch1

I was just reading this today on Kamma and Rebirth and it raised additional questions for me as well.

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:16 pm

• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby eddie martin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:57 pm

Thank you for the links :smile:

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby Disciple » Sat Jan 25, 2014 6:28 am

To give a simple answer. Recognizing rebirths is not seen as important as some Arahats will not recall theirs. In TB which is all about achieving "full Buddhahood" recognizing rebirths is seen as something that will come naturally to all those who will become Buddhas.

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby Aloka » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:13 am

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Thank you, culaavuso.

Regarding Tibetan tulkus mentioned #1 & #6, when I was a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner,I privately asked two different tulkus if they could remember their past lives and they said "No".

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Re: Theravada view on recognizing rebirths?

Postby daverupa » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:13 pm

Isn't it singular in the sense of an uncountable noun, like 'water', and not in a true sense of singularity, like 'one drop of water'? Maybe a rendering of 'past living' covers it...

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