In addition to what I've said elsewhere (here and here), I think I can answer a few of these points directly.
it baffles me a bit that somany people
accept this so naturally.
If it is true, it is only natural that people accept it naturally, since it would fit well with their general sense of the distant past.
The thing here is that i did a lot of
experiments myself and also meditate
but until now i havent seen anything
like it in my personal experience.
There are specific meditations one can undertake to remember past lives, and there are whole groups of people who undertake such meditations with generally positive results. Instructions are found in the Path to Purification.
Buddhism and meditation are about living in the now. Reincarnation
however is something that will happen
in the future. The promise that you
will have a better next life if you do
it the right way create an attachment
so even if reincarnation is true, it
should not be a part of my meditation
practice because it will involved
Fear of the future can be an incredible motivation to make one's preset moment better. One of the reasons I became a monk is because I woke up and realized I was driving off a cliff, so to speak. The only way we can really work to change is when we realize the effects of our present actions on the future, including after we die. Without the realization of long-term effects of our actions, it is difficult to see the deep ramifications of our negligence in the present.
Like christians go to heaven or to hell according to their behaviour in
this life, it sounds to me that there
is punisment and reward involed in
reincarnation. the danger is that like
cristians people only do good BECAUSE
you will be saved, and not because you
are a good person or believe in a
better way to help the world.
In fact, I would submit that the only reason an act can really be considered "good" is because of the reward it brings to oneself. If good deeds only made one a good person or helped the world, without bringing gratification, peace of mind, and freedom from the dangers of samsara, what good would they be, really? Altruism sounds nice in theory, but in practice, the good thing about altruism is it brings peace and happiness to the altruist. Of course, there is no need to go to heaven, but there is need to avoid hell, etc., and therefore need to better oneself.
If i would have been a dictator and i wanted to controll a big crouwd
or a country, then introducing
reincarnation as a beliefsystem with
claiming you create bad karma because
i give some rules ( like eating apples
on a sunday is bad ) then i would be
very succesful in having people not
eating apples on a sunday.
Which says nothing of whether it is beneficial or harmful to oneself to eat apples on Sunday, nor whether the mind really does continue after death. This is a superfluous argument, I'm sorry to say.
althoug i am aware when i do not think in some of my meditations, i
also was uncounsious on the operation
table 3 times were i blinked with my
eyes and an hour suddenly was passed
as if by a miracle. Where was my
awareness at that time? For me that
time just never existed, like someone
did cut a piece out of the movie en
then glued the ends together again.
I'm not sure what this has to do with the question at hand, I assume your conclusion is that the same thing happens at death, only permanently. There is no evidence to support that; many people report being on the operating table and watching the entire operation from outside their bodies.
i wondered a lot of times, waht if
there is nothing else, what if this
word is just what it is, and there is
nothing after life, no good or bad,
would you still be a buddhist or a
We practice because we see the repercussions of our actions; if we knew for certain that at death there was nothing more, it would indeed be difficult to find reason to improve ourselves beyond what was necessary to enjoy this life; it being an illogical conclusion based on the findings of various types of meditation, however, I don't think it is worth the speculation.
And the other question is, would you
choose to be lost forever or go to
hell to save the world?
Going to hell will never save the world, since hell is part of the world. Unless you can somehow free all beings from hell up to the brahma realms, you haven't saved the world. By doing something that winds you up in hell, you only defile the world more than before.