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Q: Is reincarnation true?

A: You ask about reincarnation, but you don't even know who or what you are! When you know about yourself, then you will know all about reincarnation.

Q: What do you mean by "who or what you are"?

A: There is no trick, just ask yourself who and what you are. Where did you come from? What makes you?

Q: Traditional Buddhism teaches literal reincarnation. That is, that there is an individual self, or subtle consciousness, which transmigrates from one body to another at death. The teaching says we have the same self throughout life, though it changes from moment to moment along with everything else. This change is a continual rebirth, and the process cannot end with death because processes do not end. Thus, we take another body when we die. Do you agree with this teaching?

A: If all things are continually changing then how can we have the same self throughout life? If we do not have the same self even from moment to moment then how can we possibly have it from one life to another? Thus, literal rebirth cannot happen during life nor after death.