quote:Originally posted by MBM:quote:Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
I like this Tantric Buddhist explanation of "souls", "spirits" and afterlives:
Yes - it makes perfect sense in Buddhism - the souls come back to continue on their path to enlightenment. I've just never heard an explanation on it from the Christian tradition where the disincentive seem so overwhelming to NOT come back to Earth.
Hmmm...that's probably due to Augustinian influence in Christian thought. Modern Christianity took Augustine's philosophy that the material world is something of a "curse", and that physical bodies are crass and disgusting. Many Christian basically view the body as little more than a prison for an idealized fluffy, wraith-like soul.
That's why I find Tantric Buddhist philosophy on the soul so refreshing. It goes beyond this Cartesian Dualism of "body" and "soul", and it describes the body and soul in more realistic terms (it doesn't make the body a "hylic prison" and it doesn't make the soul an "unchanging wraith-like super being").
Did you know there is also a long tradition of Christian reincarnation? It's true! Many members of the Church of Syria believe in reincarnation. So do many other Christians: