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What is the differences between Hindu reincarnation and Buddhism reincarnation?

I’m doin a project for school and I need to explain “Reincarnation and how it is different from Buddhist reincarnation”


  1. “Reincarnation” is not true, either way. Buddhism and hinduism are both false. Nobody has ever “reincarnated”, and nobody will.
    The truth about death is that death brings immediate heaven or hell, depending only on whether you believed in JESUS for His free gift of salvation, or not. There is no second chance to be saved, after death.
    Heaven is eternal joy with the Lord! 😀
    The lake of fire is eternal separation from God, eternal torment, and eternal corruption. Nobody has to be sent to the lake of fire.
    So to be in heaven and not in hell, believe in Jesus for salvation RIGHT NOW!
    Jesus is God, and Jesus loves you so very much! 😀 And the Trinity is true!
    The truth about Jesus is that the only way to be saved and to get into heaven and avoid being sent to hell, is by believing in JESUS for His free gift of eternal life in heaven, believing in faith alone that Jesus, who is God, died on the cross for all our sins as FULL PAYMENT for all our sins, and then Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Believe in Jesus for His free gift of salvation, and you will be in heaven, no matter what!
    Salvation is a FREE GIFT that happens in a split second when you believe in JESUS for His free gift of salvation! It is impossible to lose or “leave” salvation (John 6:39-40, John 10:28, 1 John 5:13).
    Please pray now: “Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross to pay for my sins and that You rose from the dead, and I thank You for eternal life!” You will be in heaven with Him forever when you die! 😀

  2. Rebirth/Reincarnation
    Although these terms are often used interchangeably, there is a significant conceptual difference between the two. On the whole, Buddhists believe in rebirth while Hindus, Jains, and some Christians believe in reincarnation. Strictly speaking, reincarnation means the assumption of another body by a permanent, eternal self (the Hindu notion of atman or the Christian notion of soul). Most Buddhists do not believe in a permanent self (anatman or anatta, without enduring self) but believe human consciousness (the “I” or self) dissolves at death and that only a subtle mindstream remains. The mindstream carries with it karmic imprints from prior lives (but not memories and emotions associated with prior lives, unless the person is a highly developed spiritual practitioner, in which case reincarnation is possible) and it is this subtle mindstream that conjoins with a new life-form after death. Thus, rebirth does not mean an identifiable human being assuming a new human body. Moreover, in Buddhism, rebirth is not always accomplished in human form. Depending on karmic circumstances, a human being can be reborn as an animal or as a being in any of the upper or lower realms.

  3. Chris, how can you be an effective pastor if you don’t listen to the question?
    Intelligence is never a good substitute for fervor.

  4. S has made the right answer. Roughly we accept the word reincarnation in order to make the conversation flow. The actual reality of Buddhism is nothing goes beyond death. Afterlife is a physical body and a new mental body in one new form – that is to say nobody becomes lookalike their past formations infinity.
    Yet the new person is not others but the same being (although this is not quite right to say and here it’s quite complicated to explain to newbies).
    The point is there is no soul that is permanent. If something were permanent, ending is impossible and ending suffering is not possible as that were permanent. We all experience senses, events, etc. but all of them, all phenomena, have the start, lifespan and ending. Thus, soul is reasonably a view or concept only and that permanent thing as soul (or whatever) cannot be proven.
    As nothing goes beyond death, but new body is rebuilt by kamma/vipaka of bhava tanha (crave of existence). That craving is due to ignorance but it’s a very hard nut to crack or become enlightened. Enlightenment is the awareness awakening from ignorance – in Buddhism – by seeing witnessing the reality of what build the body and what the body really is. By knowing what the body/being really is, craving for the existence ‘with different bodies’ ceases.
    That’s the possibility of preventing new rebirth and after one dies with enlightenment, one ceases that is nibbanna/nirvana.
    Read S’s answer again.

  5. The previous answerers do not know the Hindu perspective of reincarnation/rebirth (Hindus do not make a distinction between the two terms). Hindus also believe that the soul can take birth in various life forms.
    Also, there is very little difference between reincarnation in Hinduism and Buddhism in India (country of origin of both religions). The other answerers have offered a perspective of Buddhism as it is practised in the far East.


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