• REBIRTH: A Buddhist Concept / 再生:佛教观念

REBIRTH: A Buddhist Concept


Venerable Sayādaw U Thiṭṭila and Venerable Paṇḍit P. Sri Pemaratana Nāyaka Thero


ISBN 978-983-3512-58-4


Book Size: 5.75” x 5.5”

Pages: 68

Buddhism believes in rebirth. And when there is rebirth, there will be old age, disease and death. Death, which is inevitable to all living beings, is described as “the temporary end of a temporary phenomenon.” Rebirth takes place again immediately after death and the cycle goes on without end until one attains Nibbāna. The endless cycle of birth and death is called saṃsāra.

Many people assume that when we die we will enter the next world, be it heaven or hell or any other realm of existence, having the same physical appearance as when we were human beings. This is a wrong assumption. The new being is not the same as or totally different from his predecessor. The physical appearance is not the same, depending on the realm of existence one is to be reborn but the same stream of kammic energy continues in the new being from his predecessor.

To Buddhism rebirth means to suffer continuously. The cause of rebirth is craving. Therefore, to terminate the process of rebirth and to end all suffering one has to cut off completely all craving. The termination of the process of rebirth and the end to all suffering is termed as Nibbāna and the only way leading to Nibbāna is by following the Middle Path, which is the Noble Eightfold Path proclaimed by Buddhas of all ages.

The Venerable Sayādaw U Thiṭṭila gave a very vivid account of what death is and how rebirth takes place. The following discourse is a compilation of certain relevant passages taken from the books Essential Themes Of Buddhist Lectures by Venerable Sayādaw U Thiṭṭila and Life After Death by Venerable Paṇḍit P. Sri Pemaratana Nāyaka Thero.





U Thiṭṭila 尊者很清除地描述何谓死亡及再生的过程。接下来的讲义是摘自Thiṭṭila 尊者的 Essential Themes of Buddhist Lectures Paṇḍit P. Sri Pemaratana Nāyaka Thero 尊者的 Life After Death



Ven. Sayādaw U Thiṭṭila (1896-1997)

Born in 1896 in Pyawbwe, Myanmar. Studied the scriptures at the age of seven to eight. Ordained a novice at the age of 15 and already well-versed with the primer to Abhidhamma studies, the Abhidhammatthasaṅgaha, also the Mahāsatipaṭṭhāna Sutta and Kaccayana’s Pāḷi Grammar, and received his higher ordination in 1916.

Accepted an invitation from the Association for Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, U.S.A., to lecture in America (1959), and delivered over a total of one hundred and sixty lectures at various universities and arranged meetings in six months. His later teaching engagement for two years in England allowed him the opportunity to translate into English from the Pāḷi, for the very first time that it had ever been done, the second of the seven books of the Abhidhamma Piṭaka, Vibhaṅga. It was published by the Pāḷi Text Society in 1969 under the title of The Book of Analysis.

The Most Venerable Sayādaw passed away in Myanmar (Burma), on January the 3rd, 1997, at the age of 100.



Venerable Sri S.V. Paṇḍit Paraduwa Pemaratana Mahā Nayaka Thera

Venerable Sri S.V. Paṇḍit Paraduwa Pemaratana Mahā Nāyaka Thera was born in Southern Ceylon on 17 May 1914 and was ordained a sāmañera (novice monk) on 18 December 1926 at the age of 12, at the ancient Temple of Purana Vihāra in Elgiriya, Akuressa. He received higher ordination in 1934.

Ven. Pemaratana came to Malaya on the Vesak Fullmoon Day of May 1955 to undertake Buddhist missionary work upon the invitation of the Sāsana Abhiwurdhi Wardhana Society, Buddhist Temple in Kuala Lumpur (now called Brickfields Buddhist Vihāra).

In 1957, he arrived in Penang at the invitation of Ven. Gunaratana Mahā Nāyaka Thera to assist him in the propagation of Buddhism. In 1959, when the Mahindarama Sunday Pāḷi School (MSPS) was inaugurated, he became its first Principal. He became the Abbot on the demise of the late Ven. M. A. Upananda Mahāthera on 4 September 1974.

On 25 January 1978, the Venerable Sir was honoured the Chief Saṅgha Nāyaka of Penang due to his valuable contribution towards the growth of Buddhism particularly in Penang and Malaysia in general. The award carried the title of Sri Saddhamma Visarada. He passed away peacefully in 1995.

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