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Buzzfeed Quiz The Six Gatis of Rebirth: Where Will You Be Reborn Next? Introduction First, what is rebirth and why should you care? In Buddhism, it is believed that we live in a cycle of rebirth and redeath called Samsara. Samsara is considered to be dukkha or suffering. This suffering is perpetuated by tanha (desire) and ignorance (avidya) and leads to karma. Also, to clarify a common misconception, rebirth is NOT the same as reincarnation. Reincarnation believes in the transference of immortal soul over the course of however many lifetimes. However, the Buddha taught the doctrine of anatman (no-self). This means that there is not permanent essence of "self" (soul) that lives in a body. I know this is confusing, but consider the following analogy. Rebirth is the move from life to life as a flame that is transferred from candle to candle. Yes, there is continuity from the original flame to the second one, yet the flame is also always changing. Yes, I’ve thrown a lot of new words at you, but you see karma and that’s a familiar word. You know what that means! Or so you think. Nowadays, people tend to refer to karma as a punishment or a result. That’s not exactly right. Karma is sanskrit for “action”. It is the law of cause and effect of actions. It states that any moral act, whether good or bad, will bring about a correspondingly positive or negative result, which could be in this or in a future lifetime. Karma refers only to intentional action and it is these intentions that are the determining factor in the cycle of rebirth. There are six realms or gatis of existence into which you can be reborn: Deva-gati (devas (gods) and heavenly beings) , Asura-gati (titans), Preta-gati (hungry ghosts), Naraka-gati (hell), Tiryagyoni-gati (animals), Manusya-gati (humans). Of course some realms are considered more fortunate than others (i.e. humans, gods). In this case, fortunate refers to the amount of suffering involved within that realm and also by the access to the teachings of the Buddha (the Dharma aka the truth). Based on how you live your life now, you can either end up in the heavens as a deva or burning in hell (Gasp!). Now that you have some background knowledge, let’s take the quiz and see where you might be reborn next! Section A 1. Have you ever lied? a. Yes b. No 2. Would you rather be the richest and happiest person in the world or be able to end world hunger but have little to no money?
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