“Who accumulates karma? Who is reborn?“

2.0When we watch a movie or read a story and identify with a character, we experience the plot through her eyes. We know her: we understand her thoughts, her aspirations; we share her failures and successes; we feel her sorrows and her joys. But we are not her —she is not real; she does not exist in any substantive way.

In the same way, we have developed a character made up of five aggregates (the body and the four mental faculties of sensation, perception, formation, and intention). We have followed this character through every conceivable plot twist. We root for her, and suffer with her, and prolong her existence in our memories.

It is she who accumulates karma. It is she who dies. And it is she who is reborn.

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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4 Responses to “Who accumulates karma? Who is reborn?“

  1. dharma pen says:

    Tashi, does this mean that we are reborn because we’re so attached to the character in our story that we can’t bear for the story to end?

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