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What Happens With Life After Death?

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This chapter presents an interview held in August 1929, which was published in Samch'ŏlli, Vol. 1, Issue 8. Some of the questions that are addressed in this chapter are: what happens to all of us after death; the idea of transmigration based upon a belief in the immortality of the soul; believe in the soul transmigration theory; commonness with Schopenhauer's pessimistic philosophy; and view of the Buddhists on suicide and whether they consider it as a sin. The interviewee says that the theory of transmigration of souls retains its authority in certain Buddhist circles. It means that even if one was to born a human in this life, the person may be reborn as a mountain or a river, a flower, a pig or a donkey in the next.

Keywords: Buddha-nature theory; death; life; Schopenhauer's pessimistic philosophy



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