Animal Rebirth

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Re: Animal Rebirth

Post by form » Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:40 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:22 am
form wrote:
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:23 pm
Sure. Just wondering if there is any account that any animal can go beyond desire realm in their next rebirth?
It's a theoretical possibility but there are no narratives of it happening. For it to happen the animal would need to have developed jhāna in a former life as a human. Then, at the end of its animal life, it would be necessary that there be no weighty kamma or death-proximate kamma or habitual kamma capable of ripening at that time. Such circumstances would provide the occasion for the ripening of the jhānic reserve kamma. In practice I think this would only be likely to happen if the animal was very short-lived; otherwise it's almost certain that it will have created habitual kamma and that this will take priority.
Very detailed explanation and made a lot of sense.

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