Jainas Will Define Samsara As The Exact Same As Buddhists

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Jainas will define samsara as the exact same as Buddhists, which is “a cyclic existence” of birth, death, and rebirth. However it is important to differentiate from Buddhists that for the Jains, samsara takes place in a vast but finite universe called the loka. The pressing importance of samsara in Jainism isn’t as clear as it is in Buddhism. Jains rest their belief of samsara on a clean soul (jiva), unlike direct results of karma in Buddhism. For example, the story of Mrgaputra’s plea to his parents, where he begs to no longer be apart of the cycle of birth and rebirth. Mrgaputra says, “…an infinite number of times I have suffered without hope…In every kind of existence I have suffered pains that have known no reprieve for a moment.” This describes the Jain belief that until all karma is freed from the jiva, one will not be able to escape the cycle of birth and rebirth and attain mokṣa (liberation) and join those in the abode of the liberated beings, siddhaloka. Another underlying concept that links all of the ideas of Buddhism and Jainism is the notion of self. While self directly translates to atman, the Buddha while discussing the no-self doctrine denies the existence of a substantial and permanent self (atman) that drives the constituents of human nature. He instead shows that none of these constituents (The Five Aggregates) can be a permanent substance or self. Hence, introducing the term anatman or no-self. From Buddha’s teaching of the three marks of existence,

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