Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Molly's thoughts about death and the afterlife, part six...

On February 6, 2001, Molly wrote a reaction paper about a speaker who discussed Tibetan Buddhism.

Molly commented on the idea of reincarnation as follows:

"The idea of having many lifetimes somehow sounds relieving to be able to go back and live your life over and over again until you got it right. It would be refreshing to know that you get more than one chance to make amends. I don't totally believe in reincarnation as Terry describes it, but believe in an afterlife and the opportunity to live again, only not in another form or different body, the same body, but better, all fixed up."

She continues with this interesting observation:

"It was interesting hearing about our spiritual DNA that makes up our individual temperaments. Any parent with more than one child knows how unique and different each child is and how they react to things. So it makes sense to refer to this unique and individualized 'pattern of behavior' that we all possess as spiritual DNA."

I agree wholeheartedly with this observation.

It is also very fascinating to me to see how Molly's ideas about death are always intertwined with her thoughts about life and her experiences of others.