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  • You attain & access at will, a supramundane state called Nirvaana. The Highest Heaven. Within Life. At the end of physical life one would pass on to this highest state.

    In my view this is a good question, but traditionally it is ‘left aside’ (avyaakata) as it is meant to hinder it’s actual attainment by bending us into knots of distraction.

    If we look at the example of the Buddha, He carried on living an exemplary yet austere life, being a teacher to gods (spirits) and men.

    Best Wishes,

    Goodfella

    XX

  • The main difference regarding reincarnation between Buddhism and Hinduism is in regards to the self. In Hinduism, there is a personal identity that remains intact through successive rebirths. In Buddhism, there is no self. This doctrine is known as anatta. I suggest you also look up the term dependent arising, or Indra’s net, which is often cited as Buddha’s most important philisophical contribution. There is so much literature and so many different schools that the matter could be studied for a lifetime, or more. For instance, Jainism is another, older faith that has similar doctrines, and more primal, animistic faiths and philosophies can exist alongside, or be mixed into the main cannon of Buddhism. Mainly though, one reaches nirvana and is in a state of bliss. You’d probably have to be a monk, or at least meditate a lot in order to have any sort of hint of it. Letting go of the ego is a main concept. Realizing a grander thing that one is a part of and identifying with that instead of with the individual self or ego, something the west can only manage using alcohol and other drugs for the most part.
    My guess is that while the universe inhales and exhales, one doesn’t physically incarnate, but remains in a state of oneness with universal consciousness similar to a state before the big bang or at the death of the universe. You do not experience beginning, middle, end anymore, which is symbolized by the om. The monks wear yellow robes like corpses because they are already dead. They are quitting the world.
    I would also suggest you read Plato’s cave allegory if you haven’t yet, and imagine the world of forms, then imagine beyond the forms, that’s probably what it would be like.
    Also, if you’re quantumly inclined, imagine that there are eleven dimensions, and the eleventh is all possible realities in all possible universes. Now, while the karma-laden will be sucked into further collapsing of probability waves and therefore go down in number of dimensions, to say four, the Buddha would not. The Buddha would remain in the sea of infinite probability in a state of bliss.

    Furthermore, in regards to his appearence, similar to Jesus, or any other legendary figure, the individual is transformed into a mythological figure, and becomes a symbol. Buddha, in fact, nearly died starving himself, and after that founded the middle way, which promotes neither self-indulgence, nor self harm.

  • you turn to stone ,concrete or gold and you get to have your belly rubbed and most of them are fat .

  • There are different ideas of this in different forms of Buddhism. What you say here is sort of like Hinduism, reincarnation and all that. Samsara is the state of being free of the cycle of life and death… Heaven, basically.

    Other types of Buddhism consider a Buddha a living god, the idea being that there have been only a handful of people in history who have ever been like that. Such a person would have purged themselves of the things that make them human (i.e. they would never be in suffering) and thus they would be better than human, or at least different.

    They’d probably still die a natural death.

  • Then there is Nirvana, which is the extinguishing of Samsara.

    Nevets: The “fat guy” is an exclusively Chinese figure named Hotei, who is NOT the historical Buddha. All of the real Buddha statues are skinny.

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