Rebirth? – I have been here before

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Bro. Ananda Fong leading devotees in offerings to the ‘Three Jewels’.

On Sunday 20 September, Bro. Ananda Fong gave a talk on “Rebirth”.  He related a few Buddhist accounts of rebirth, besides showing scientific research on the subject by Dr. Ian Stevenson and Dr. Brian Weiss.  In ‘Majjhima Nikāya’ No. 41 the ‘Saleyyaka Sutta’, the Buddha elaborated on why some beings after death reappear in happy or unhappy destinations.  It is through righteous conduct in accordance with the Dhamma that beings are born in fortunate realms.

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Bro. Wilson (front) and Bro. Charlie (back) leading devotees in chanting.

In the ‘Cula-kammavibhanga Sutta’ (The Shorter Analysis of Action), the Buddha said that ‘beings are owners of kamma, heir to kamma, born of kamma, related through kamma, and have kamma as their refuge’.  Kamma is what creates distinctions among beings in terms of inferior or superior rebirth.

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Bro. Ananda showing scientific proof on “Rebirth”.

We thank Bro. Ananda for the interesting talk.  The weekly session concluded with dedication of merits to all sentient beings.  Sadhu anumodana!

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A devotee asking questions to clarify his doubts.