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Is samsara (karma/reincarnation) a positive or negative thing for Buddhists?

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  1. For yogis (similar) it’s neither. It’s the ripples in the sand under the lake that is your consciousness.
    The question is equivalent to asking if a scar is a good thing. With no scar, no healing occurred.

  2. The Karmic/reincarnation is the basis of of all buddhists teaching
    the karmic reincarnation is not the teaching on becoming a bird or plant when we die.. example…you cannot change the world until you have changed yourself…

  3. Well, negative I suppose because the aim of Buddhism is to escape the cycle of rebirth and attain enlightenment.
    On the other hand, if your present life is at a low level on the path to enlightenment then it would be a positive step if your next was at a higher level.
    But overall, you can’t attain enlightenment without escaping samsara so I’d say it’s negative.
    Karma is the natural consequence of our actions and if we start seeing it as positive or negative then it becomes too easy to see it as winning or losing points based on our behavior. Buddhists don’t act a certain way because they are trying to get ‘good’ karma. If they did then they would be submitting to their desires and therefore getting ‘bad’ karma,.
    In general though you shouldn’t use words like good and bad to describe karma as it is not a moral position or reward system, just a natural law and natural consequence of actions.

  4. Buddhist doesn’t believe in God…Buddhism is like using drugs…there’s no real medication…they deceive themselves…

  5. Karma and Reincarnation are tow different things
    Karma is what is , neither good nor bad it just is, it is really sort of like reap what you sow.
    reincarnation is NOT a Buddhist concept, however, REBIRTH is.
    Rebirth as a human is considered to be very auspicious and of course very positive.

  6. If we start to examine the basic views of the New Age movement and the Oriental religions, it is good to start with reincarnation. This doctrine is in the background of almost all teachings of the New Age movement and it is also the basic belief of the Oriental religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. It is estimated that approximately 25% of people in the Western countries believe in reincarnation, but in India and other countries of Asia — where the origin of this doctrine are — the percentage is much higher. Mainly in India and other countries of Asia they have taught this doctrine for at least 2000 years; it was generally accepted about 300 years before Christ, not much before that.
    People who believe in reincarnation believe that life is a continuous cycle; each person is born on the Earth again and again and again, and will always get a new incarnation depending on how he has lived in his previous life. All bad things that happen to us today are only the result of earlier events. We must now reap what we sowed during earlier lives. However, if we do not experience enlightenment and at the same time gain freedom from this cycle (achieving moksha), this circular life will continue forever.
    In the Western world, achieving moksha is not very important. Instead, in the Western world reincarnation is seen in a positive light, mainly as a possibility to develop and grow spiritually. It does not have the similar negative nuances.
    But what should we think about reincarnation: Is it really true? Is it worth believing in? We will try to address these questions in this article.
    http://www.jariiivanainen.net/Reincarnation.html

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