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The Buddha's Past Lives

Beyond the Mat with Dr. Douglas Brooks
Level 1 30 mins
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From the outset, the traditions surrounding the historical Buddha have included the lore of past lives as preparation and prelude to the birth of the bodhisattva, the Buddha-to-be. How do Buddhist traditions explain death and rebirth? Why is it so important for Buddhists to learn from these stories of past lives? What significance do these stories play for the development of both Buddhist teachings and claims about enlightenment?

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