from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Rebirth of the soul in another body.
- n. A reappearance or revitalization in another form; a new embodiment: "The brownstone had already endured one reincarnation: In the 1940's, it was converted into eight studio apartments” ( Ben Lloyd).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rebirth of a mental capacity, such as a soul, in a physical life form, such as a body
- n. The idea of such a rebirth, a specific belief or doctrine on how such a rebirth occurs
- n. A fresh embodiment
- n. A new, considerably improved, version
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or state of being incarnated anew; a repeated incarnation; a new embodiment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. embodiment in a new form (especially the reappearance or a person in another form)
- n. a second or new birth
- n. the Hindu or Buddhist doctrine that a person may be reborn successively into one of five classes of living beings (god or human or animal or hungry ghost or denizen of Hell) depending on the person's own actions
I've had plenty of time to wrestle with the puzzles that a profound belief in reincarnation imply, and where the analogies are for people like myself who feel that you only get one life to live, but you might go through huge shifts within your life that somehow match "reincarnation".
For a fertilized egg, there is no consciousness and also no history of consciousness (unless you believe in reincarnation).
As a Hindu or someone raised to believe in reincarnation, he becomes Buddha.
Logically, the very purpose of reincarnation is service to the Buddha Dharma, and in terms of the people, if circumstances are such that [a] female body would be more useful in that field, then why not?
The very purpose of the reincarnation is to carry continuously the task that was started in the previous life.
For me, reincarnation is about a spirit being reborn into a whole new person, who has their own life.
I now believe in reincarnation as Don Williams is the reincarnation of Lenin.
Our belief in reincarnation explains our concern for the future.
St. Greg and St. Mac finish talking about the soul and purgatory, St. Macrina tells everybody to quit complaining and just suck it up when it comes to the divine plan, we move onto talking about the resurrection of the body, and we learn why believing in reincarnation [...]
St. Greg and St. Mac finish talking about the soul and purgatory, St. Macrina tells everybody to quit complaining and just suck it up when it comes to the divine plan, we move onto talking about the resurrection of the body, and we learn why believing in reincarnation takes all the fun out of food.