What did the Buddha really say about the after life? I have heard that Buddha said the soul is not permenant. That the soul dies with death, and reincarnation is just your conciousness moving on. I have even heard that He originally never spoke of Nirvana, but one just becomes enlightened to end the cycle. Than why in the Dhammapda does He speak of immortality, surpassing the gods, conquering death, heaven, and hell?