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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #15 on: May 01, 2017, 07:52:49 am »
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bahman:   What is cyclic?


Cyclic in the Buddhist context means that it arises, dwells for a time and then passes away.


Cyclic in a mathematical context means that it oscillates in value as so:   increases in value, then decreases in value (not necessarily the same value), etc. and etc. and then eventually stops, or it may continue on infinitely varying in value.

Cyclic in biological context means that happens periodically.  Example menstrual cycle.

Cyclic in Astronomical context means that it follows an elliptical period through space-time.  Example:  The Earth and seven other planets rotate around the sun traveling through space time.

 That is a bad translation.

I always martvel at that sort of statement.  No one here, no one, is really qualified to say what is a good translation or a bad one.  The truth is we, here, have absolutely no idea if the translations we read are good or not.  We tend to find a source and stick to it.  Oftentimes, we stick to it blindly, simply trusting that source is reliable, based on reputation or some other imputed value.

I was sitting in a lecture with a noted and reputable translator from Naropa.  She stated that in some text(s) what we call the "4 Noble Truths" and "Noble 8-fold Path are translated as the "4 Truths of the Noble Ones" and "8-Fold Path of the Noble Ones.  Noble Ones, here, refers to the Buddhas of the 3 times and 10 directions.  With that wording, it puts those 2 concepts in a much different context.  However, when I've tried to share that, with others online, it falls flat.  It does this because people cling to to what they trust, regardless of whether that trust is deserved.  They don't even want to talk about the distictions that arise.

I also think some people like certain online sources because it's easier to copy/paste than it is to transcribe ;-)

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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #16 on: May 01, 2017, 08:04:29 am »
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Sutta MN63  might be helpful for this topic. Here's an excerpt:

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(The Buddha said)

So, Malunkyaputta, remember what is undeclared by me as undeclared, and what is declared by me as declared.

 And what is undeclared by me? 'The cosmos is eternal,' is undeclared by me. 'The cosmos is not eternal,' is undeclared by me. 'The cosmos is finite'... 'The cosmos is infinite'... 'The soul & the body are the same'... 'The soul is one thing and the body another'... 'After death a Tathagata exists'... 'After death a Tathagata does not exist'... 'After death a Tathagata both exists & does not exist'... 'After death a Tathagata neither exists nor does not exist,' is undeclared by me.

"And why are they undeclared by me? Because they are not connected with the goal, are not fundamental to the holy life. They do not lead to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation, calming, direct knowledge, self-awakening, Unbinding. That's why they are undeclared by me.

"And what is declared by me? 'This is stress,' is declared by me. 'This is the origination of stress,' is declared by me. 'This is the cessation of stress,' is declared by me. 'This is the path of practice leading to the cessation of stress,' is declared by me. And why are they declared by me? Because they are connected with the goal, are fundamental to the holy life. They lead to disenchantment, dispassion, cessation, calming, direct knowledge, self-awakening, Unbinding. That's why they are declared by me.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.063.than.html




This thread may also be of interest in connection with the subject of rebirth:

"Exploring Rebirth in the Pali Suttas" (3 pages):

https://www.buddhismwithoutboundaries.com/showthread.php?6671-Exploring-rebirth-in-the-Pali-suttas




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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2017, 02:26:18 am »
The problem with translations is getting the subtle nuances of the language translated, as well as individual words which have no equivalent in English- how could they? Some of the best discussions group sessions at the Buddhist center looked at three or four translations of the same thing and talk around the similarities and differences, and what they could mean. Lacking such a group now, the thing I do is to get different translations and try to do the same by myself. I may not get to the 'right' translation that way, but at least I've looked at different possibilities.
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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2017, 05:51:47 am »
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bahman: " That is a bad translation."


Who said it was a translation?  If it was a translation, of what language are you looking for a translation?

If you have a better translation, tell us what you have found.  Please quote your source.

This is what The Buddha said as translated from Pali (the orginal language of The Buddha):
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[The Buddha:]

Over and over, the seeds all get planted;
Over and over, the rain-god sprinkles rain.
Over and over, the farmer farms the field;
Over and over, the food grows in the realm.

Over and over, beggars do their begging;
Over and over, the givers give out gifts.
Over and over, the giver who has given;
Over and over, goes to a better place.

Over and over, he tires and he struggles;
Over and over, the fool goes to the womb.
Over and over, he's born and he dies;
Over and over, they bear him to his grave.

But one who's wisdom is wide as the earth
Is not born over and over,
For he's gained the path
Of not becoming over again.


source:  http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn07/sn07.012.olen.html



 There are a couple of problem in here: (1) We know most of what you quote from Buddha by fact except the rebirth. (2) What is the meaning of rebirth in Buddhism? (3) What you said (Cyclic in the Buddhist context means that it arises, dwells for a time and then passes away.) is not really a cycle of rebirth. It is a cycle from dust to dust.

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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2017, 09:08:50 pm »
Hi, bahman.

I understand your doubts.  If what you think is true, then how do you interpret the words:
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..."Over and over,"...?
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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2017, 03:06:05 am »
Understanding the Cycle of Dependent Origination

Balance leads to stability.  Stability leads to aggregation.  Aggregation leads to agitation.  Agitation leads to information.  Information leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to representation.  Representation leads to memory.  Memory leads to compulsion.  Compulsion leads to ignorance.  Ignorance leads to blindness.  Blindness leads to disorientation.  Disorientation leads to confusion. Confusion leads to irrationality.  Irrationality leads to impulse.  Impulse leads to sparkling.  Sparkling leads to inkling.  Inkling leads to volition.  Volition leads to awareness.  Awareness leads to consciousness.  Consciousness leads to manas.  Manas leads to mind and body.  Mind and body lead to sensation. Sensation leads to six sense bases.  Six sense bases lead to conductivity. Conductivity leads to contact.  Contact leads to stimulation.  Stimulation leads to feeling.  Feeling leads to experience.  Experience leads to craving.  Craving leads to grasping.  Grasping leads to clinging.  Clinging leads to unsettling. Unsettling leads to becoming.  Becoming leads to creation.  Creation leads to birth.  Birth leads to energising.  Energising leads to mobility.  Mobility leads to hauling.  Hauling leads to aging.  Aging leads to draining.  Draining leads to death.  Death leads to fragility.  Fragility leads to segregation.  Segregation leads to diffusion.  Diffusion leads to imbalance.  Imbalance leads to adjustment.  Adjustment leads to alignment.  Alignment leads to new balance.

Cause  =  Effect                                              

Cause 1 conjures up Effect 1,                       
Effect 1 conjures up Cause 1-1,   
Cause 1-1 conjures up Effect 1-2,
Effect 1-2 conjures up Cause 1-2,               
.., etc.

The Coffee in a Cup

Let’s say Coffee Original is one of the special brewed drinks: -

300ml     hot liquid water       
70%       coffee powder           =>      100% Coffee Original in cup Jumbo
30%       condensed milk                   

Supposedly, the cup Jumbo has broken apart by accident and the content has splattered around i.e.

30%        onto the table,
40%        onto the floor,
5%          onto the wall,
10%        onto the drain,
5%          vaporised into thin air,
10%        remained in the broken cup.

A cleaner took up a rag and wiped off the remaining liquid coffee in sequential order starting from the table, the floor and then the wall.  In a repeated gesture, the cleaner squeezed off the wet rag and the remaining coffee liquid flowed into three separate cups i.e.

Cup 1       80% already filled with tea liquid mixture.
Cup 2       90% already filled with mocha liquid mixture.
Cup 3       55% already filled with mineral water.

Let’s say 300ml of properties is a benchmark for a qualified special brewed drink. The cleaner then filled up the respective cup rooms with liquids deriving from the rag that are by and large the remaining of Coffee Original deriving from the table, the floor and the wall.  In this case, the respective 300ml of liquids in Cup 1, Cup 2 and Cup 3 is dependent on the Coffee Original before a new special brewed drink is made possible.  However, this does not mean that Coffee Original is the only dependent source or ingredient.  Respectively, Cup 1, Cup 2 and Cup 3 would need to depend upon many other sustaining factors as well such as the already partially filled liquids and new cups before qualifying as special brewed drinks.

As a conclusion, the new liquid mixture arising in Cup 1, Cup 2 and Cup 3 is neither identical to, nor entirely different from, the old coffee liquid, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it.  There is a conditioned relationship between one liquid and the next; it is not identical but neither is it completely distinct.  The beauty of nature is that it allows all sorts of activities taking place such as aggregation, segregation, evolution, mutation, assimilation, etc.  As a consequence, every existence would not be totally the same or different from each other.  We are all closely inter-depending, inter-waving and inter-relating with one another since the dawn of time in a very comprehensive and complicated network of existence – just like the Christian believes that all mankind derived from Adam and Eve.  Lastly, one should not confuse the ‘non-self’ with ‘no-self’ and the ‘non-eternal soul’ with ‘no-soul.’  Buddhism sees in the existence of self or soul but only in a manner of non-ownership or impermanency i.e. there is an influx of self or soul but not the one-off static kind of self or soul.




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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2017, 03:12:22 am »
No Reincarnation, only Rebirth

Buddhism rejects the term ‘transmigration’ or ‘reincarnation’ altogether, but why?  Literally, ‘trans-’ is a prefix meaning through or across.  And transmigration denotes the movement or conveyance from place to place.  If we mention that a soul would transmigrate from a body to another new body, it means the same ‘unchanging’ soul does the movement or conveyance throughout the time stream (past, present and future). 

However, in a conventional reality, no ‘unchanging’ soul would transmigrate from one body to another and on this pretext, Buddhism upholds the term ‘rebirth’ or ‘re-arising.’  The Buddha sees in no transmigration of all things or matters but instead, in the constant and continuous transformation of all things or matters via the process of permeation (diffusion).  Just like the orientation of energy in the cosmos i.e. energy would only transform - to transform is to change, to change is to become, and to become is to reborn.  So energy is ever ‘reborn’ all the time in the dependent nature.  By understanding well and observing thoroughly into the characteristics of energy, one could gain insight into the nature and its orientation.

In the case of rebirth, an individual soul does not migrate from a physical body into another one.  No, it just won’t fit at all.  Every individual or thing that exists would not be the same - it could only be in a similar condition e.g. twins are similar but never the same individuals (likewise, no two minds are the same).  Every individual is unique respectively and no individuals would be the same even though they do share some sort of the same genes before time.  For example, you may have heard in various stories whereby a spirit or ghost has the ability to possess into the body of an individual but it never absolutely overtakes the soul of the possessed individual.  This is because one cannot simply exchange the soul at one’s whim and fancy.  Even individuals with the most powerful magic charm could not perform this feat.  Another example will be the human organ transplant cases, whereby the new recipients need to take immunosuppressive drugs to treat any transplant rejections – live long.

In Buddhism, rebirth refers to evolving consciousness or stream of consciousness of a person (upon death) and the new consciousness arising in the same person (in the new person) is neither identical to, nor entirely different from, the old consciousness, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it.  The basic cause for this persistent re-arising of personality is the abiding of consciousness in ignorance; when ignorance is uprooted, rebirth ceases.  For example, a flame is transferred from one candle to another, or a fire spreads from one field to another.  In the same way that it depends on the original fire, there is a conditioned relationship between one life and the next; they are not identical but neither are they completely distinct.

And it is possible for rebirth to take place from a single source into different identities at any various point of time, just like how the genetic lineage works for generations.  This is how we explain the destiny of being siblings, being life partners, being close friends in one’s lifetime.  Somehow or somewhere before time, the so-called relevant individuals are inherited from the similar sources of predecessor.  Thus in the present lifetime one has the opportunity to meet and know with the relevant beings and not the other non-relevant beings (as per the law of attraction). 

Ultimately, it is the wonder of nature that every created object or thing is neither identical to, nor entirely different from each other.  This is how the conventional reality works i.e. not in-linear but in inter-dependence, inter-woven and inter-relation since the dawn of time in a very comprehensive and complicated network of existence.  At the end of the day, the inter-connectedness of all things or matters in the nature is what the principle of emptiness is all about - as per the teachings of the Buddha.
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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2017, 10:48:10 am »
Hi, bahman.

I understand your doubts.  If what you think is true, then how do you interpret the words:
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..."Over and over,"...?

 Without a self things is over upon death therefore there is no "Over and over". The person who suffer in the next life because of your karma is not you.

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« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2017, 11:40:40 am »

Understanding the Cycle of Dependent Origination


Balance leads to stability.  Stability leads to aggregation.  Aggregation leads to agitation.  Agitation leads to information.  Information leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to representation.  Representation leads to memory.  Memory leads to compulsion.  Compulsion leads to ignorance.  Ignorance leads to blindness.  Blindness leads to disorientation.  Disorientation leads to confusion. Confusion leads to irrationality.  Irrationality leads to impulse.  Impulse leads to sparkling.  Sparkling leads to inkling.  Inkling leads to volition.  Volition leads to awareness.  Awareness leads to consciousness.  Consciousness leads to manas.  Manas leads to mind and body.  Mind and body lead to sensation. Sensation leads to six sense bases.  Six sense bases lead to conductivity. Conductivity leads to contact.  Contact leads to stimulation.  Stimulation leads to feeling.  Feeling leads to experience.  Experience leads to craving.  Craving leads to grasping.  Grasping leads to clinging.  Clinging leads to unsettling. Unsettling leads to becoming.  Becoming leads to creation.  Creation leads to birth.  Birth leads to energising.  Energising leads to mobility.  Mobility leads to hauling.  Hauling leads to aging.  Aging leads to draining.  Draining leads to death.  Death leads to fragility.  Fragility leads to segregation.  Segregation leads to diffusion.  Diffusion leads to imbalance.  Imbalance leads to adjustment.  Adjustment leads to alignment.  Alignment leads to new balance.

 This is how I understand birth, here. Death is simpler. It is simply decay. So you understand consciousness, feeling, and all other things that you describe above including death if we understand birth. SO in simple word I don't agree with the cycle.


Cause  =  Effect
                                             

Cause 1 conjures up Effect 1,                       
Effect 1 conjures up Cause 1-1,   
Cause 1-1 conjures up Effect 1-2,
Effect 1-2 conjures up Cause 1-2,               
.., etc.

 I am afraid that I cannot follow you. Could you please elaborate?


The Coffee in a Cup


Let’s say Coffee Original is one of the special brewed drinks: -

300ml     hot liquid water       
70%       coffee powder           =>      100% Coffee Original in cup Jumbo
30%       condensed milk                   

Supposedly, the cup Jumbo has broken apart by accident and the content has splattered around i.e.

30%        onto the table,
40%        onto the floor,
5%          onto the wall,
10%        onto the drain,
5%          vaporised into thin air,
10%        remained in the broken cup.

A cleaner took up a rag and wiped off the remaining liquid coffee in sequential order starting from the table, the floor and then the wall.  In a repeated gesture, the cleaner squeezed off the wet rag and the remaining coffee liquid flowed into three separate cups i.e.

Cup 1       80% already filled with tea liquid mixture.
Cup 2       90% already filled with mocha liquid mixture.
Cup 3       55% already filled with mineral water.

Let’s say 300ml of properties is a benchmark for a qualified special brewed drink. The cleaner then filled up the respective cup rooms with liquids deriving from the rag that are by and large the remaining of Coffee Original deriving from the table, the floor and the wall.  In this case, the respective 300ml of liquids in Cup 1, Cup 2 and Cup 3 is dependent on the Coffee Original before a new special brewed drink is made possible.  However, this does not mean that Coffee Original is the only dependent source or ingredient.  Respectively, Cup 1, Cup 2 and Cup 3 would need to depend upon many other sustaining factors as well such as the already partially filled liquids and new cups before qualifying as special brewed drinks.

As a conclusion, the new liquid mixture arising in Cup 1, Cup 2 and Cup 3 is neither identical to, nor entirely different from, the old coffee liquid, but forms part of a causal continuum or stream with it.  There is a conditioned relationship between one liquid and the next; it is not identical but neither is it completely distinct.  The beauty of nature is that it allows all sorts of activities taking place such as aggregation, segregation, evolution, mutation, assimilation, etc.  As a consequence, every existence would not be totally the same or different from each other.  We are all closely inter-depending, inter-waving and inter-relating with one another since the dawn of time in a very comprehensive and complicated network of existence – just like the Christian believes that all mankind derived from Adam and Eve. 

 To my understanding all we have are elementary particles which interact with each other. We could have different type of phases or behaviors in matter depending on circumstances (bold part). I don't believe on conditional relationship as a intrinsic relation.

Lastly, one should not confuse the ‘non-self’ with ‘no-self’ and the ‘non-eternal soul’ with ‘no-soul.’  Buddhism sees in the existence of self or soul but only in a manner of non-ownership or impermanency i.e. there is an influx of self or soul but not the one-off static kind of self or soul.

 I cannot follow you here. Could you please elaborate?

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« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2017, 07:51:48 pm »

Lastly, one should not confuse the ‘non-self’ with ‘no-self’ and the ‘non-eternal soul’ with ‘no-soul.’  Buddhism sees in the existence of self or soul but only in a manner of non-ownership or impermanency i.e. there is an influx of self or soul but not the one-off static kind of self or soul.

 I cannot follow you here. Could you please elaborate?

I share your difficulty here, Bahman. So many religions, such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, have a belief in a permanent soul or identity, and therefore a life after death which will be either wonderful or horrible depending on one's behaviour in this life.

As I understand, the Buddha's view was rather heretical within the context of the prevailing Brahmanism of the times, with it's acceptance of the caste system and its ritual sacrifices with included the killing of animals such as goats and elephants.

The problem as I see it is that Gautama Buddha, teaching in such an environment where most people were brought up to believe in various Gods, and to believe in a permanent soul, would not have achieved much success if he were to have blatantly contradicted such values.

I suspect there was a compromise. This compromise has led to a confusion between the Vedic concept of Reincarnation and the Buddhist concept of Rebirth.
A permanent soul implies a permanent identity, which Buddhism rejects. Yet, in the night under the Bodhi Tree, the Pali Tipitaka account goes into some detail about the Buddha's recollection of former lives. To quote:

"He recollects a variety of former habitations, thus: one birth, two births...three..four...five... ten...twenty...thirty..forty...fifty... a thousand... a hundred thousand births, and many an eon of integration and many an eon of disintegration, and many an eon of integration-disintegration.
Such a one was I by name, having such and such a clan, such and such a color, so was I nourished, such and such pleasant and painful experiences were mine, so did the span of life end. Passing from this, I arose here."

'Thus he recollects diverse former habitations in all their modes and detail.'


Now I would claim that such a description implies at least a degree of permanency of a soul, until that soul has reached Nirvana, and that such a soul must include an identity of 'self', otherwise, how would it be possible to 'recollect diverse former habitations in all their modes and detail'?

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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2017, 02:00:48 am »
Hi, bahman.

I understand your doubts.  If what you think is true, then how do you interpret the words:
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..."Over and over,"...?

 Without a self things is over upon death therefore there is no "Over and over". The person who suffer in the next life because of your karma is not you.
That's an interesting observation, "Without a self.... the person who suffer(s) in the next life....is not you" I think that's pretty close to what happens in the sense of karma. What you do in this life affects people in the future. They live in the consequences of the stuff that we do. They may suffer more because of our actions- what better motivation could we have to follow the path?
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« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2017, 03:37:48 am »
Hi, bahman.

I understand your doubts.  If what you think is true, then how do you interpret the words:
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..."Over and over,"...?

 Without a self things is over upon death therefore there is no "Over and over". The person who suffer in the next life because of your karma is not you.
That's an interesting observation, "Without a self.... the person who suffer(s) in the next life....is not you" I think that's pretty close to what happens in the sense of karma. What you do in this life affects people in the future. They live in the consequences of the stuff that we do. They may suffer more because of our actions- what better motivation could we have to follow the path?

That's true. Our behaviour in this life, at the individual level, and at a governmental and societal level, affects future generations. A mother who drinks heavily during pregnancy will likely affect the health of her new-born child. A country that wages war on another country, or tribe, will likely gender a lot of hatred that will be passed down from generation to generation and have continuing consequences for perhaps hundreds of years.

However, the question is, can this process be described as Karma, or is it just the natural conditioning of the young by their parents' biases and the culture in which they are brought up?

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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2017, 04:00:51 am »
Good point VincentRJ. Could karma have a number of aspects, with people living with the consequences of our actions being one of them?
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« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2017, 05:01:10 am »
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vincent RJ:  However, the question is, can this process be described as Karma, or is it just the natural conditioning of the young by their parents' biases and the culture in which they are brought up?"

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But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
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Re: Cycle of rebirth is impossible since there is a beginning
« Reply #29 on: May 18, 2017, 08:25:08 pm »

Understanding the Cycle of Dependent Origination


Balance leads to stability.  Stability leads to aggregation.  Aggregation leads to agitation.  Agitation leads to information.  Information leads to knowledge. Knowledge leads to representation.  Representation leads to memory.  Memory leads to compulsion.  Compulsion leads to ignorance.  Ignorance leads to blindness.  Blindness leads to disorientation.  Disorientation leads to confusion. Confusion leads to irrationality.  Irrationality leads to impulse.  Impulse leads to sparkling.  Sparkling leads to inkling.  Inkling leads to volition.  Volition leads to awareness.  Awareness leads to consciousness.  Consciousness leads to manas.  Manas leads to mind and body.  Mind and body lead to sensation. Sensation leads to six sense bases.  Six sense bases lead to conductivity. Conductivity leads to contact.  Contact leads to stimulation.  Stimulation leads to feeling.  Feeling leads to experience.  Experience leads to craving.  Craving leads to grasping.  Grasping leads to clinging.  Clinging leads to unsettling. Unsettling leads to becoming.  Becoming leads to creation.  Creation leads to birth.  Birth leads to energising.  Energising leads to mobility.  Mobility leads to hauling.  Hauling leads to aging.  Aging leads to draining.  Draining leads to death.  Death leads to fragility.  Fragility leads to segregation.  Segregation leads to diffusion.  Diffusion leads to imbalance.  Imbalance leads to adjustment.  Adjustment leads to alignment.  Alignment leads to new balance.

 This is how I understand birth, here. Death is simpler. It is simply decay. So you understand consciousness, feeling, and all other things that you describe above including death if we understand birth. SO in simple word I don't agree with the cycle.

Perhaps, you may answer some of these questions: -

What is the NY WTC towers made of?  Where are the tons of rubble nowadays?  Does it just vanish into thin air?

 


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