Common Misunderstanding about Buddhism

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A common misunderstanding of about Buddhism exist today, especially in the concept of reincarnation. Since the origin of Buddhism derived from India where most people practice Hinduism during that time, the common misunderstanding is that many people believes that when one passed on and reincarnate, the individual possess the same souls as the one before. This is wrong because the Buddhism does not believed in a permanent self in one’s body.
The doctrine of Buddhism is to attain enlightenment and be released from the cycle of rebirth and death, thus attaining Nirvana. Whereas, the doctrine of Hinduism was to escape the cycle of reincarnation, and attain salvation. In Buddhism, rebirth occurs as a result of “ignorance” in the unconscious life stream at the time of death. This term means a mind containing illusion and defilement such as frustration, greed and selfishness are among them. The unconscious life stream is considered to be endless stream of energy stretching back into the past and future. It is sometimes known as the Mind.
Karma, being a powerful energy act upon the unconscious life stream and a rebirth occurs. This new Rebirth does not occur with the any similar characteristic as the previous person had, because these characteristics were completely erased during death. The only thing during the rebirth of the person is the Mind. The mind is also an insubstantial energy, in other words it neither physical nor is it spiritual properties but supernatural energy
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