Better Rebirth vs No Rebirth | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhamma Talk on Buddhism at Dhammagiri Monastery
The Buddha teaches a gradual training. Most beings are not ready yet to completely let go of everything and end the circle of Saṃsāra, the endless wheel of birth and death.
First we can aim at improving our situation in Saṃsāra:
- By generosity and kindness
- By keeping precepts
- By having conviction in the efficacy of karma and the truth of rebirth
We accumulate good karma that will lead to a fortunate rebirth as human of deva.
Once we have secured that much, our mind is already purified to some extend, and we're now getting ready to end rebirth for good. Even the longest life in the most beautiful heavn is still impermanent.
So we contemplate the five groups of clinging (pañcupādānakkhandhā) and the six internal and external sense spheres (saḷāyatana) as impermanent, disappointing and not me or mine or self, so that the heart can let go of them completely and experience awakening, the end of any form of existence, the total freedom of Nibbāna.
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