Buddhists believe in a cycle of death and rebirth called samsara. Through karma and eventual enlightenment, they hope to escape samsara and achieve nirvana, an end to suffering.
What is reincarnation?
The religious belief that existence is a cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth
The belief that Jesus rose from the dead two days after the crucifixion
The belief that when a person dies they live on in the memories of other people
Why do some religious people believe in life after death?
The sacred texts teach that there is life after death
They have scientific proof
They have inner wisdom
Why do some atheists accept that there might be an afterlife?
It says so in the scriptures
A sense of déjà vu or NDEs convinces them there is life beyond death
Life cannot just end
What does samsara mean?
It is the cycle of life, death and rebirth
It is the belief that everything we do has a consequence for our future lives
It is the belief in the existence of suffering
How does karma affect your future life?
Karma is the God who determines what kind of life you will have in the future
If you do good actions, you can be reborn into a good future life. If you do bad actions, you can be reborn as an animal
Performing bad actions can mean that you will never be reborn again
What does anatta mean?
The belief that there is no permanent soul that continues into another life
The belief that we can achieve a state of complete understanding
The belief that only monks can achieve Nirvana
What does anicca mean?
Anicca is the belief in the Day of Judgement
Anicca is the belief that anyone can achieve Nirvana
Anicca is the belief that everything is impermanent
Where can we read about the previous lives of the Buddha?
What is a bodhisatta?
Someone who is reborn to help others achieve enlightenment
Someone who focuses on achieving enlightenment
Someone who teaches meditation to other Buddhists
What is Nirvana?
The reality of suffering
The state of complete understanding