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Article: The Concept of Intermediate Existence in the Early Buddhist Theory of rebirth

TitleThe Concept of Intermediate Existence in the Early Buddhist Theory of rebirth
Authors
KeywordsTheravāda
antarābhava
intermediate existence
consciousness
gandhabba
Issue Date2019
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/casp20/current
Citation
Asian Philosophy, 2019, v. 29 n. 2, p. 144-159 How to Cite?
AbstractThis article investigates the concept of intermediate existence in the early Buddhist theory of rebirth. The main sources investigated for this article are the Pāli canonical and commentarial literature. My main thesis is that early Buddhist discourses contain instances that suggest a spatial-temporal gap between death and rebirth known as ‘intermediate existence’ (antarābhava), in contrast to the idea of Theravāda Buddhist theory that rebirth takes place immediately without a spatial-temporal gap. In order to prove this, I argue that the ‘one who liberates in interval’ (anarāparinibbāyī) attains Nibbāna in the intermediate existence and the concept of gandhabbā in early Buddhist discourses refers to a being in intermediate existence, not to a dying consciousness (cuti-viññāna), and there are indirect inferences to an spatiotemporal gap between death and rebirth in the early Buddhist discourses.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/271432
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.201

 

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dc.contributor.authorNanda, A-
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-24T01:09:45Z-
dc.date.available2019-06-24T01:09:45Z-
dc.date.issued2019-
dc.identifier.citationAsian Philosophy, 2019, v. 29 n. 2, p. 144-159-
dc.identifier.issn0955-2367-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/271432-
dc.description.abstractThis article investigates the concept of intermediate existence in the early Buddhist theory of rebirth. The main sources investigated for this article are the Pāli canonical and commentarial literature. My main thesis is that early Buddhist discourses contain instances that suggest a spatial-temporal gap between death and rebirth known as ‘intermediate existence’ (antarābhava), in contrast to the idea of Theravāda Buddhist theory that rebirth takes place immediately without a spatial-temporal gap. In order to prove this, I argue that the ‘one who liberates in interval’ (anarāparinibbāyī) attains Nibbāna in the intermediate existence and the concept of gandhabbā in early Buddhist discourses refers to a being in intermediate existence, not to a dying consciousness (cuti-viññāna), and there are indirect inferences to an spatiotemporal gap between death and rebirth in the early Buddhist discourses.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/casp20/current-
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Philosophy-
dc.subjectTheravāda-
dc.subjectantarābhava-
dc.subjectintermediate existence-
dc.subjectconsciousness-
dc.subjectgandhabba-
dc.titleThe Concept of Intermediate Existence in the Early Buddhist Theory of rebirth-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailNanda, A: nanda@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09552367.2019.1611999-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85067632450-
dc.identifier.hkuros298049-
dc.identifier.volume29-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage144-
dc.identifier.epage159-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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