To some Buddhism is a lifestyle, philosophy. It’s also a religion. And yes it’s a way of life.
It’s my religion and YES I believe in reincarnation.
My littlest one, the one facing the great fight, is what you might call a wise old soul. I’d say she’s been around a few more times than the rest of us. She’s clearly a reincarnation – of who specifically I don’t know but while very young she knew things she couldn’t possibly. She was my counsellor when she was way too young. That’s all the proof I need right there. She’s blown me away time and again with the things that come out of her mouth.
As a student of Tibetan Buddhism rebirth and reincarnation are fundamental to the teachings. I’ve had teachers that are recognised reincarnations. Have you seen the film Kundun? Showing the life story of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and in simple terms the process of his recognition. I’ve also heard him speak of recognising the reincarnation of other great teachers himself.
In my daughter’s case it could mean that she has already finished the samsaric wheel, that she chose to return in human form to help other sentient beings along the path. It has been suggested that she has the illness she does in order for me to learn. Who knows..definitely we have a close karmic connection so the answers may become apparent in future lives 😉
I’ve been hanging on to this prompt for days, knowing I had to answer it but waiting til I had the time to devote to it. However I can’t do the topic justice no matter how long I put it off. Maybe I can’t explain reincarnation in a way that makes you believe but the Buddha himself said don’t believe something just because I said so..investigate it yourself. So you have to make up your own mind, but I know what I believe, and I believe in karma (causes and conditions), rebirth and reincarnation, and that there is an end to samsara.
May supreme, precious bodhicitta
Take birth where it has not arisen.
Where it has arisen, may it never wane,
But continue to grow forever more.