Laurens wrote:I do not believe that rebirth does not occur, however currently I see no reasons to believe that it does. Just like the question of whether or not there was ever life on Mars. To say there definitely was given the level of evidence that we currently have would be foolish. But to say there definitely wasn't would also be foolish. We don't know, but we don't have a reason to assume there was and act accordingly.
Sure the Buddha himself is said to have spoken about rebirth. But he also said to not just believe everything he said just because he said it. We should find things out for ourselves.
The best evidence we have is reports of children having past life memories but these are shaky and not so convincing when we take a sceptical approach. Children are playful and highly imaginative they are also suggestable.
There are only two ways to check the reality of rebirth. First one is for one to attain a stage of dyana enabling to read the past.
The 2nd is to read literature about experiential evidence of rebirth. Out of them there are highly acceptable books.
Many mansions is a book by Gina written about the experiences and works of Edgar Cayce is how Caycee used his ability to read the past lives of people who came to relieve of their sicknesses. He not only read their past births but also found out the reason for the sickness as karma of past lives. This book is widely accepted.
The next and important factors is recorded as past births by a former professor in psychiatry in university of Virginia 1957 . His name been Dr. Ian Stevenson and has recorded 3000 cases of past lives in India Burma and other Asian countries with verified data.
His studies had been widely accepted with his style of on the spot verifications.
If one is interested there are many other such verified records. I read the record of such a verified past birth in 1954 by a girl called Gnanaythilaka while verifications by a high priest and uni professors with journalists as a team was recorded. This was proved beyond doubt.
I believe that one major step in buddhism is verifying the truth of past birth or rebecoming.