Teaching Loving-Kindness with the Myth of Reincarnation

Reincarnation and Loving-Kindness

The early Buddhists, like the early Christians, borrowed from the culture around them to communicate their new philosophy. I believe that early Buddhists wrote reincarnation into the Tripitaka to leverage this Hindu concept to explain universal compassion with an easy to understand metaphor.

Conclusion: Reincarnation Teaches Loving-Kindness

Reincarnation is a way to express concretely the abstract concept of universal loving-kindness. Why should we show love to everyone? Why not just show loving-kindness to our friends and people we like?

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