Rebirth, or reincarnation, was assumed by most premodern Buddhists – and is believed by many modern Buddhists – to be “the way things are” for sentient beings in the cosmos: we have lived before, and likely we will live again. Combining lecture, discussion, and guided meditation, this workshop will situate the Buddhist idea of rebirth within world and Asian cultures; analyze the historical Buddha’s attitude toward rebirth; describe the realms of rebirth, the causes and conditions of rebirth, and the relation between karma and rebirth; consider traditional arguments in favor of rebirth; and describe and reflect upon the place of rebirth within modern Buddhism.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 9:00am – 2:00pm ET
Roger Jackson is professor emeritus of Asian studies and religion at Carleton College and a visiting professor of Buddhism at Maitripa College. His research and writing interests include Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and ritual; Buddhist religious poetry; and modern Buddhist thought. Among the topics on which he has published are the Kālacakra Tantra, Dharmakīrti’s philosophy of religion, Tibetan literature, Buddhist “theology,” the songs of the Indian mahāsiddhas, and Mahāmudrā. His forthcoming book, Rebirth: A Guide to Mind, Karma, and Cosmos in the Buddhist World (Shambhala, 2022), provides the focal point for this Jewel Heart workshop.
Rebirth: Guide to Mind, Karma and Cosmos in the Buddhist World by Roger R. Jackson
Outline for Rebirth – Mind, Karma and Cosmos in the Buddhist World – Roger Jackson
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