What happens to our spirits/souls after out last incarnation?

johntoh's picture

What is the determining factor? I'd assume it's after the Universe feels our spirits are evolved enough, and has learned all the lessons to learn.

What happend later? Do we get to create our own Universe else where? Do we become spirit guides?

I guess the possibilities are endless...

Care to share??

Love & Light!

SkipM's picture

Re: DeMarie - Buddha

De Maria said: Can you produce a record of eyewitness testimonies describing when he was born, how long he lived, how he died, and many details of his life?

Skip: The historical documentation for the life and teachings of Jesus is far greater than the historical documentation for the life of Buddha. However, various ancient sources give us information about the life of the Buddha. He was born in North India sometime around 563 B.C.E. and presumably lived a long life, perhaps being about eighty years old when he died.

The following is taken from the web site http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/whatbudbeliev/17.htm

Quote: Gautama the Buddha was not a mythical figure but an actual, historical personality who introduced the religion known today as Buddhism. Evidence to prove the existence of this great religious Teacher are to be found in the following facts:
The testimonies of those who knew Him personally. These testimonies were recorded in the rock-inscriptions, pillars and pagodas made in His honour. These testimonies and monuments to His memory were created by kings and others who were near enough to His time to be able to verify the story of His life.
The discovery of places and the remains of buildings that were mentioned in the narrative of His time.
The Sangha, the holy order which He founded, has had an unbroken existence to the present day. The Sangha possessed the facts of His life and Teachings which have been transmitted from generation to generation in various parts of the world.
The fact that in the very year of His death, and at various times subsequently, conventions and councils of the Sangha were held for the verification of the actual Teachings of the Founder. These verified Teachings have been passed on from teacher to pupil from His time to the present day.
After His passing away, His body was cremated and the bodily relics were divided among eight kingdoms in India. Each king built a pagoda to contain his portion of the relics. The portion given to King Ajatasatthu was enshrined by him in a pagoda at Rajagriha. Less than two centuries later, Emperor Asoka took the relics and distributed them throughout his empire. The inscriptions enshrined in this and other pagodas confirmed that those were the relics of Gautama the Buddha.
'The Mahavansa', the best and authentic ancient history known to us gives detailed particulars of life as well as details of the life of Emperor Asoka and all other sovereigns related to Buddhist history. Indian history has also given a prominent place to the Buddha's life, activities, Buddhist traditions and customs.
The records which we can find in the Buddhist countries where people received Buddhism a few hundred years after the Buddha's passing away such as Sri Lanka, Burma, China, Tibet, Nepal, Korea, Mongolia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos show unbroken historical, cultural, religious, literary and traditional evidence that there was religious Teacher in India known as Gautama the Buddha.
The Tripitaka, an unbroken record of His 45 years of Teaching is more than sufficient to prove that the Buddha really lived in the world.

DE MARIA: I'm quite comfortable talking to Protestants, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, atheists or anyone. Perhaps it is you who have become uncomfortable.

SKIP: You are right DeMaria, I am extremely uncomfortable with the fact that you have insulted between 300-500 million people in the world with your comments and you just don’t get it. Christ calls but you are turning people away with your insensitivity and to add insult to injury you have a picture of the baby Jesus as your logo. Does the Church approve of this?

There are a lot of people that think Christ studied the teachings of Buddha. The teachings are very similar. The Buddhist believe his teachings illuminated the way for mankind to cross from a world of darkness, hatred and suffering to a new world of light, love and happiness.

As I said, I am not Buddhist, but I know enough about them to know they are gracious enough in their heart to forgive your comments and not to insult your religion that means so much to you.

I don’t care that you pontificate in this forum with others, but I would hope that you would be a gracious representative of our faith in Christ.




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