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My Reincarnation

Premiere Date: June 21, 2012

'My Reincarnation' in Context

Reincarnation in Five Major World Religions

What do other religions think about reincarnation?

Tibetan Buddhists believe in the awareness of death and impermanence. This awareness leads to a life guided by the pursuit of value rather than impermanent pleasures.

Most mainstream Christians do not believe in reincarnation.

Hindus believe in a life cycle that includes many rebirths based on karma, which is the law of cause and effect. The next life is always based on the karma — good or bad — created in this life.

Muslims do not believe in reincarnation; instead they believe that heaven or hell is a final destination.

Traditional Judaism believes that the dead will be resurrected. Olam Ha-Ba (the World to Come) refers to the spiritual afterlife. The messiah will come to create a peaceful and prosperous world, where the righteous dead will resurrect and the wicked dead will not.

Photo caption: Yeshi Namkhai watches a dance performed in his honor during his enthronement ceremony (as the reincarnation of Khyentse Rinpoche)
Credit: Luigi Ottaviani

» BBC. Religion.
» Beliefnet. "Reincarnation in Your Religion."
» Judaism 101.
» Religion Facts. "The Big Religion Chart."

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