What happens to a person that dies in buddhism?
Cherry Stems, I mean, according to buddhism.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
We are all IMMORTAL SPIRIT BEINGS who have lived out THOUSANDS of other physical lives here on earth before this one. Each time we die, we return to the spirit world and have a conference with wise counselors who review our life's history and help us decide on the best plan for our future and continued SPIRITUAL GROWTH. for our NEXT physical lifetime. After a period of rest, study (oh yes, you're as busy and occupied on the Other Side as you are on this one), and self examination, we return to the earth plane by entering the body of a carefully chosen newborn baby, just as we had done on so many occasions in the past. The memory of our past lives is erased from our CONSCIOUS mind when we begin a new life in order to allow us the complete freedom of making truly unbiased (and uncoerced) SPIRITUAL DECISIONS on a day to day basis. Eventually we figure out what's going on, live better lives, and earn the right to incarnate on other worlds where "the living is easier" and not nearly as contentious as earth life. As we progress upwards (spiritually speaking), we find ourselves experiencing higher (and lighter) frequency realms. Earth life is merely the first (and lowest) rung of a very long ladder of spiritual evolution. Earth life can be wonderful and full of joy and pleasure (and some pain) if we play our cards right, but it can also be a very trying and difficult existence if we don't understand the Rules of Reality and decide to sleep with those who wish to be destructive and forment negativity or unkindness towards others.
We are much more than what we appear to be. We base our perception of ourselves on what we see in the mirror. This physical perception is reinforced by society, our schools, and even our religions. We are alone, we think, fending off the wolves who would devour us and clinging to those who offer us support and loving care. Lord Jesus, Mother Mary, Lord Krishna, Lord Buddha, Mohammed, Zoarastra, etc. are thought of as Prophets or Saviours of Mankind who exist somewhere out there. When we pray to Them, we hope they can hear us out there and will come to our rescue when we need Them to save us from some dire situation. God is typically viewed as a Father figure, often depicted as a very muscular looking old man with a long white beard who is sitting on a throne in Heaven. Many religions reinforce this view of separation. Little, insignificant Us and big, powerful Them. Of course, many religions also teach us that their annointed representatives are necessary middlemen required to represent our interests before God, sort of like metaphysical lawyers. And you know how beneficial and necessary lawyers are, don't you?
I'm being a little facetious, but I'm trying to get across the point that a fundamental misdirection has been taught by many organized religions that was never taught by the Founder of that religion. This misdirection did not come about by accident. It was intentional. It is the work of men who sought to gather power and privledge to themselves using the pretext of being earthly representatives of God. The purpose was to create a hierarchy of controlling elites at the top and the "'followers" down below who were expected to pay the bills. A similar hierarchy evolved in the secular world with the idea of kingship/royalty and their "subjects" who again, were expected to pay (in some manner) for the privledge of being ruled and controlled. The true teachings of Christ and many other great spiritual teachers of antiquity were twisted and distorted by these elites desiring to create a paradigm of control and obedience to them. This is not what Christ taught or wanted. Jesus said that "The Kingdom of God is Within". And so it is.
What did He mean? He meant that God exists within us at all times. We are part of God. We are not separated from God. We don't have to go looking for Him, we already have Him within every molecule and atom of our being. In fact, none of us are truly separate from each other. It only appears that way. It's an illusion, although it's hard to accept that from our limited perspective. We are all part of God and God pervades everything. He is All That Is. Now once you start to realize that, doors begin to open. You no longer feel so alone and fearful. You aren't battling the Dark Forces of the universe by yourself you now realize, but rather you have a great deal of help and support at your disposal. You are a part of God and God is a part of you.. You are an integral part of a greater Reality. A Divine Nature dwells within you since you are born of the Father and the Father is Divinity itself. Therefore, you have friends in very high places. The ancient Hindu scriptures wrote of these truths eons ago.
If you study the writings of yoga masters, you will come across the concept of Athman (Atman), or the Godhead figure within. The Soul and Atman are not exactly the same, but the Atman exist within the Soul. The Soul still retains the outer mantle of sense perception and carries the karmic baggage of previous lives. The Atman is completely detached and free of all sense desires or aversons. It is possible to perceive and experience the Atman while in this physical life. When you do, you are free. You can experience total bliss that will exceed anything your imagination can conjure.You will never view the world and its turmoils and triumphs in the same way, ever again.
You have a team of Angels and Spirit Guides who have been 'assigned' to assit you during your earthly journey. Sometimes your Guides are changed or rotated depending on what sort of help you need at any given moment in your life. Guides are always beings who have experienced physical life many, many times and are very knowledgeable in the ways of the world. Your Angels, who have never experienced the physical plane, stay with you for the duration. These helpers always work in the background, but their assistance can become much more abundant and obvious if you attempt to communicate with them and seek their help.
One of the things that you'll never hear about from conventional religious instructions is that there are certain spiritual Universal Laws in place that are in operation at all times throughtout the universe. These Laws are inviolate and apply to all sentient beings whether you exist on the physical plane or in higher, non physical dimensions. They apply whether you come from Earth, Siruius B, Mars, Nibiru, Venus, or any other planet in this galaxy or any other galaxy. They apply in all the higher dimensional planes as well.
There are Three major Univeral Laws and many other sub universal laws under the umbrella of the three main ones. One of those Universal Laws is the Law of Non Interference or Free Will. Simply stated, this law requires that Free Will rules above all else when it comes to receiving assistance from higher spirit beings. If you don't want their help or do not ask for it, it cannot be 'pushed' on you. They must respect your Will. In an emergency, of course, due to ignorance on your part, your Angels will help get you out of a jam that might imperil your life or help avert a disaster, but as a rule they stand by ready to assist, but can only help you when you ask for their help. An extremely important point to remember. You've already been given this lesson by the Great Teacher who walked the Earth 2,000 years ago:" Knock and the Door shall be Opened unto you. Seek and you shall Find".
The Law of Cause & Effect is also iron clad and causes us to acquire Karmic debt or Karma, at least in the lower dimensional planes. Once a soul 'graduates' to a high enough plane or spiritual dimension, he is no longer liable to incur Karmic debt. Karma, as you likely know, is reaping what you sow. For every unkind gesture, thought, action, or intention, you must pay the piper in this life or in future lives to come or both. The nastier you are, the more you'll have to pay.
For every act of kindness, charity, or sacrifice, and every thought, word, deed or intention that you perform based on love and understanding, you pay down your Karmic debt and advance in soul development at the same time. Freedom from Karma can be achieved while still on earth and within the phsysical body. Many enlightened souls have done so down through the centuries. You can do it too, if you want it bad enough. The key for opening that golden door is obtained through enlightened mediation and complete self realization. Paramahansa Yogananda and his predecessors taught a scientific form of enlightened meditation called Kriya Yoga that could permit the didicated and devoted practioner union with God, or samadhi and complete self relization while on earth.
The Law of Cause & Effect can also cause things to be created, including good health and freedom from adversity. I came upon an audio tape of Dr. Robert Bitzer in a most serrendipidous way at the Power of Thought School in Fayettesville, Arkansas in the Fall of 1998. It was sitting there alone in a bin with other odd lot items for clearance sale. I think I paid 50 cents for it. I wouldn't have taken it if the price wasn't so low since I had no idea who Robert Bitzer was or if he had anything to say that I would be interested in.
It turned out to be the most powerful lecture that I've ever heard on the Law of Cause & Effect. I must have replayed it a hundred times. I can practically recite it from heart. I greatly treasure that tape and thank Spirit for allowing me to come upon it in the way that I did. Of course, now I know it was a set up all along. That's the way they do it in the Spirit World. You think it's dumb luck and blind chance, but Nahhhhh,.... it's them giving you a lift to get up to speed and move you closer to God.
The Higher Self Another topic that is never discussed in traditional religious education is the concept of the Higher Self. You think there is just you, the face you see in the mirror, and that you are alone in the world. You assume that the ego, the part of you that tenaciously clings to life, that jockeys for position and power, that propels you to seek physical gratification, that tempts you to dominate others, and causes you to respond to life's tribulations with anxiety and fear is the very core of your being, but it is not so.
There is much more to you than you might imagine. The face you see in the mirror is but one aspect, in physical form, of your soul, but your soul is yet part of a larger concept called the Oversoul. The Higher Self is the 'director', in a manner of speaking, of the Oversoul and is directly connected to the Universal Cosmic Mind which in turn is connected to the core of all creation, God. All knowledge, all truths, and all possibilities exists within the Universal Cosmic Mind. If you can gain access to this "Above Top Secret" cosmic computer room, you can find out anything you want and manipulate reality to satisfy your wishes.
As it turns out, you already have an inside contact. It's your own agent/representative inside the "Big Room with the Big Board" (borrowed from the movie Dr. Strangelove-one of the funniest satires of all times on the foolishness of the military mind and the immature egotism that animates it) and we call that representative our Higher Self.Source(s): http://educate-yourself.org/mbc/
- 1 decade ago
The person begins the process of reincarnation.
Life and death is cyclical in Buddhism so fundamentally, there is no end point until one attains enlightenment.
Sogyal Rinpoche's The Book of Living and Dying provides details. As a quick paraphrased introduction:
Depending on one's accumulated karma, one gets swayed into a different realm of rebirth. Something similar to the idea of:
If you're feeling upset one day, your perception of everything around you is bad and negative and vice versa. So what your mentality is at the point of death influences your rebirth.
Apologises for not providing detailsSource(s): Sogyal Rinpoche's The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
- 1 decade ago
Where is Buddhism?
Is it a quagmire of doom?
I'm Buddhist and I can imagine, "dying in Buddhism".
Grammar people, it helps us all....
I take it bye your question, you are most likely Christian of some denomination and are having a difficult time understanding all the .... well, I won't go there.
Anyway, there are plenty of book about religion at B&N.
I think you're better off heading that way and discovering more truth for yourself there.
We are all part of the same eternal light, go my friend and find yourself.
Cheers...Source(s): Friday afternoon and I want to go home
- 1 decade ago
Unfortunately, we don't KNOW what happens to a person when they die. If we did, it would probably solve a whole lot of questions! We only know what we BELIEVE happens to a person. Buddhist believe one thing, Christians another, Hindus another, and so on. And, as usual, there is a great deal of variation among the believers of each group. So, skip the post-death concern, and instead concentrate on making the best of today.
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- 1 decade ago
Same thing that happens to an athiest... if you don't have faith in the Son of Man then eternal damnation is what happen. Unfortuately you can blame it upon the Christians that have not preformed the Great Comission, however in most highly concentrated Buddhist areas there are missionaries coming in though...Source(s): John 3:16 is easy enough
- 1 decade ago
reincarnation or attain enlightenment, meaning joining the deities in heaven. Or, different levels of hell, where one is punished for his sins.
- 1 decade ago
reincarnation. to the christians that said they will go to hell: judge not lest you be judged with the same judgement you gave others. there in your own law book.
- 1 decade ago
Will go to Hell.