Buddhism, Karma, and Immortality

In Paaul Badham & Linda Badham (eds.), Death and Immortality in the Religions of the World. Paragon House Publishers. pp. 141-157 (1987)

Bruce Reichenbach
Augsburg College
I first discuss the Buddhist concept of the self as lying between nihilism and substantialism, understood in terms of sets of skandhas and later momentariness. I then discuss the role of karma as a causal nexus that brings the skandhas into a state of co-ordination and whether this role is subjective or objective. Finally, I discuss the import of this view that there is no substantial self but only momentary events of various discrete sorts on the meaning and possibility of life after death and the rootedness of the law of karma in justice. Finally, I consider the implications of this for rebirth and nirvana.
Keywords Buddhism  immortality  self  skandhas  metaphysics  karma  personal identity  justice  rebirth  nirvana
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