Who is reborn?

burst-your-ego-bubble-600x320Although I am constantly reborn, I am never the same person, and those accumulated experiences are not precisely ‘mine’ ―they are a part of the flux of existence, the mental continuum, but they are not ‘me’.

‘I’ have not lived many lives. It is more accurate to say that life has lived ―’I’ am merely an imputed identity, a fiction. The person who had those experiences is insubstantial, dependent, and impermanent. The person who had those experiences is another person. That person is not me.

I was not ‘there’ then, just as I am not ‘here’ now. I was not, am not, and will not be a separate being. If I am something, I am flow, I am experience, I am perspective.

Today’s attachments, just like yesterday’s, lack a real foundation. Those stored experiences are just that ―a collection; they are not a being, an entity. They are not ‘me’.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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8 Responses to Who is reborn?

  1. Re says:

    I am flow experiencing pain and joy.

  2. David K says:

    I struggled with this concept for a while. Thanks for a great explanation!

  3. Cheryla says:

    I once read “Never think you HAVE a life. Just think you ARE life.” Very nice summary of not taking life to personally. Bursting the bubble every second! om shanti, cc

  4. talesfromtheconspiratum says:


  5. atul salve says:

    This is what rebirth I was looking for

  6. paulfarma says:

    Thank you, PKL

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  8. tiramit says:

    Thank you for this, I posted a link here from my blog, You should receive a pingback soon…

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