--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "mudmessiah" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>
> If one lives life to the fullest then there will be no more need for 
> rebirth...! So how does one live life to the fullest? Buddha outlined 
> a path called the Eightfold Path... For example, doesn't it follow 
> that by not cheating (lying, coveting... etc,) a person takes all the 
> steps required to accomplish a goal. To ask why one act is applauded 
> and another isn't applauded is immaterial; reward for an act and no 
> reward for an act are the same. Any act is important only because its 
> accomplishemnt is the fulfillment of life. If birth requires the 
> accomplishment of life, then to accomplish life is to accomplish 
> birth. Both done, the soul's requirement is met... is it not? Once 
> lived to it's fullest... life need not be repeated?
>

The Buddhist answer is probably that craving never finds the end of 
craving.  So if "living life to it's fullest" involves craving, then 
life is repeated.  Only when craving is ended is there an end to 
rebirth.  

That's the Buddhism 101 answer, anyway.

Ian









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