What is the weakness of Buddhism’s basic beliefs?
There’s not the slightest evidence that reincarnation exists.
I do not accept the “Evidence” that supposedly exists of people remembering past lives. Why is it that New Agers always believe they were chiefs, kings, warlords, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra? Nobody ever seems to be slaves, lepers, etc.
Although people seem to remember details of past lives, there’s major drawbacks to it. There’s never been a documented case of someone in the UK for example speaking of living in a tribe or country they’d never heard about. For example, the Hyksos were numerous at one point in history – yet for some reason nobody ever claims to have been one.
Nobody who seems to have memories of a previous life can ever fill in researchers and historians with any of the missing details about those lives. For instance, researchers know about the Carthaginian civilization, and about Troy. However, there are details of daily life that are missing. If you lived that life for sixty years, surely you should be able to write out a daily listing. “Well, here’s what we did.”
And strange how all these people seem to know they were an Egyptian Pharaoh… but can’t seem to remember how to speak any ancient Egyptian. Or read hieroglyphs without being trained. Or the names of their parents or children, so that we can verify historically their claims.
examined in its logical conclusion, Reincarnation breaks down quickly. Reincarnation is to Buddhism what the Resurrection is to Christianity – no reincarnation, no Buddhism.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: Heb 9:27 (KJV)
There is an incompatibility between Buddhism and Christianity. Buddhism claims there is no God (an inconsistent claim, as we’ll prove soon…) – Christianity believes in one God revealed in three persons. Buddhism believes in an endless chain of life/death/rebirth – Christianity believes one cannot save oneself due to the sin barrier, Buddhism believes we must save ourselves.
Buddhists often cite the Dalai Lama as proof of reincarnation. However, we’ll dispose of that very quickly.
The teaching is that the Dalai Lama is at the top of the Karmic cycle. The current Dalai Lama denies this. Tibetan mysticism claims that all the Dalai Lamas are the same person, reincarnated over and over again, something I believe it was the 8th Dalai Lama confirmed. The current Dalai Lama denies this, saying he came from the 8th onward, and that the first through 7th achieved Nirvana.
There’s huge inconsistencies in what all of the Dalai Lamas have claimed. It would be enough in a court of law to discredit this man as a witness. In addition, the 9th Dalai Lama did something that would have reduced his karma level drastically, by urging Tibetans to go to war against Burma. It means that he would have dropped several levels in the karmic wheel, and would have to work his way back up. The 10th Dalai Lama would have to be chosen from among the higher ranking monks, instead of seeking the reincarnated Dalai Lama. So if the current Dalai Lama is correct, and that he is reincarnated from the 7th Dalai Lama, this would mean he also was the 9th – and thus would have to spend successive lives restoring his karmic level!
This is the second inconsistency.
The Third one is subtle, and calls for a careful reading of all the Dalai Lama has spoken in his numerous books (in which, like successive lives, he repeats himself in each book! To know all the Dalai Lama has said, you could save a lot of money and just buy one book). The tone in his books when he speaks of his selection, he is always careful to point out that there was another candidate – and he is always careful to state that there was a disagreement among the monks over which child was the Dalai Lama.
It reads to anyone familiar with human nature as if – the Dalai Lama is confessing he thinks the other candidate was the real Dalai Lama, and that he’s a fraud.
The fact that there was disagreement between the monks shatters the nice propaganda belief that the monks, impassionate, examine the two youths, and the choice is clear. However, this is far from the truth. Some monks, trained in recognizing who the Dalai Lama is, believed the other one was the Dalai Lama.
The current Dalai Lama admits that he frequently entertained the other youth at the monastery, which reeks of guilt and the need to assuage it.
Here’s some simple ways to explode the Dalai Lama rebirth stories.
- The monks always assumed that the Dalai Lama would be reborn in Tibet. This way they merely searched Tibet’s towns and villages. What if he was reborn in Alaska? They’d never find him.
- The identifying sign is that the candidate always must be born at the moment the other one dies. In a culture without clocks, this is nearly impossible to ascertain. How did they know they chose the right one before Tibet had clocks?
- It’s funny that in fourteen generations of supposed rebirth, the Dalai Lama never said, “Here’s an idea – I’ll greet you by name, and the code word will be ‘stewed tomatoes'”. or something similar. The testing system seems improbable.
- Researchers have shown that there is unconscious clues that an untrained person exhibits when you want someone to choose something. An attentive child will simply pick up on those clues. It’s like the “counting horse” that at first stunned science – until they realized the math whiz was simply watching his owner, and stopped tapping when he saw the clues stop. so, showing a child some of the Dalai Lama’s belongings proves nothing. Especially when you add the element of random chance and guesswork into it. The answer is, both children either read the clues of the testing monks – or just randomly guessed correctly.
- There was another candidate whom some of the monks preferred. This means you had two children identifying things the Dalai Lama had owned – not one. Explain that, if you believe reincarnation is the answer. The real Dalai Lama should have identified the items, and the other candidate should have just looked confused and obviously guessed.
- The Dalai Lama should be consistent if he’s truly the same person over and over again. He should be saying all the same things – not contradicting what previous Dalai Lamas said.
- The system, to be honest, also lends itself far too well with candidates being coached what to say/do/look for. In other words, an orchestrated sham.
- It almost seems more a lottery system. “If you guess right, you win the right to… well, stay poor and hungry.” Temujin at least is sincere. No house parties in his temple. He stays humble and poor, even going begging with other monks when visiting other countries.
I am not smearing the Dalai Lama. He is a great man, committed to teaching what he truly believes. I personally would like him if I met him. I respect him greatly.
However, we’re looking into religion, not just philosophies. These choices men make on what they believe have eternal consequences. I may respect the Dalai Lama, but I do not agree with him. He is following a false religion straight into destruction, and taking others with him. This makes him a false teacher, as sincere as he is.
As a committed follower of Jesus Christ, I cannot let men make choices that will result in them being lost forever in agony and torment without attempting to prove the way that will save. So, as much as I like the Dalai Lama as a person, I have to point out where the whole thing falls apart – in order to save souls. In my shoes, you’d do the same.