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Title: Mahaparinirvana Sutra and the true self
Post by: Arkena on July 18, 2017, 04:23:01 pm
I tend to keep a wider scope on spiritual matters and combine teachings from different religions as they seem to fit with my experience and spiritual insights. I have a belief that all religions point towards the same truth but that some have lost their way or lost fragments of the truth along the way.

Personal experience of reincarnation leads me to believe in the soul or an immortal buddha self locked away within each of us (experience i wont go into). I was researching this and came across an article pointing to the true self teaching of buddhism found in the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana sutra.

This article discusses this: http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/mahaparinirvana-sutra-buddha (http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/mahaparinirvana-sutra-buddha)

I was wondering about peoples thoughts on this controversial topic in regards to the teaching of a soul in buddhism...?

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Title: Re: Mahaparinirvana Sutra and the true self
Post by: The Artis Magistra on July 18, 2017, 04:47:53 pm
I would like to hear your reincarnation experience in detail, maybe if you make another thread? Don't mind the disputers, it may help many greatly to hear your account in detail without any convincers or flourishes just as it happened.

Buddhism recognizes reality but some people have taken terms to their extreme lengths.

In Mahayana Buddhism, there is an idea floating around that there is only one person and viewer or consciousness and it is what is really viewing and working through all these people and things like us.

That what we call ourselves is nothing but a sporadic instance of information, and in a moment we could be told or made to think anything or "be" anything, and our memories being generated now would confirm it as well, and so such are irrelevant ultimately since they are not within our range.

That to acknowledge these things is to come closer to the truth, but moreso the focus in Buddhism was and should be ethics more than cosmology. The cosmological discussions even were often ethically focused and the religion was largely about becoming increasingly good and noble to the point of achieving freedom from the troubles and harms and evils by reducing and ridding ourselves and the Universes of such.
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