Rebirth is often used as a synonym for Reincarnation, although they have slightly different definitions. Rebirth aligns with the Buddhist concept of “continuity” of mindstream and essence — but generally without the concept of an eternal soul. This is because in Buddhism, a key teaching is impermanence. Reincarnation is typically a similar concept but includes the doctrine of an eternal soul, as in Hinduism and other faiths.

Rebirth, reincarnation and past lives — How are they different, how are they similar?

Most of us interchange the three terms rebirth, reincarnation and past lives. They are essentially one core truth, but with different emphasis. Typically, reincarnation refers to the cycle of lives experienced by the immortal soul. Rebirth is a “looser” concept, replacing “soul” with “essence” or continuity of mind — mind continuum. For some of us […]



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