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    Re-incarnation in Thervada vs other Buddhism

    Is anyone here familiar with this? It seems slightly different in the expression/explanations that I've read on different types of Buddhism?
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    I am a Muslim so I am not familiar with the nuances of Buddhism...but I think there may be variations even within Theravada on this subject?...Of the 3 broad categories, Mahayana, Therevada and Tibetan, It seems to me, Tibetan Buddhism has applied(?) ---as opposed to theory---about re-incarnation/incarnation---what with the Dalai Lama being a reincarnation......
    ...so...what explanations have you heard?

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    I read that Thervada has less emphasis on reincarnation and that they have some concept of heaven and hell, though those are temporary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Dragule View Post
    I read that Thervada has less emphasis on reincarnation and that they have some concept of heaven and hell, though those are temporary.
    I could be wrong---but my impression is that there are different nuances to the idea of an-atman (no-self) which then effects concepts of rebirth? The goal of human beings is to get away from the cycle of rebirth by achieving nirvana---this is common in all schools of Buddhism, but it seems in Mahayana, rebirth is achievable by everyone, in Theravada it is split---some say it is achievable only by monks...?....I think this means that for the average person (laity) one has to "make merit" to climb the ladder of rebirth....?....Tibetan school/Dharma seems to have a stronger flavor of Hinduism---with the soul/consciousness (atman) itself incarnating/reborn....

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