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Complete this table comparing the Western and Buddhist perspectives that we have seen here



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Complete this table comparing the Western and Buddhist perspectives that we have seen here:

Elements of Comparison and Contrast

Buddhist (Tibetan)

Western (Davis & Kubler-Ross)

Physical changes when we die

8 cycles of death as body becomes at one with the wind




Physical states after death

Come back and be reborn as another being; or body is gone




Description of afterlife

New rebirth after intermediate period; ultimate heaven or Nirvana at end of all cycles




Compatible with science?

Absolutely! In fact, willing to change if science supersedes belief




Determining factors during life influencing afterlife

Follow teachings (4 Noble Truths and Eightfold Path) to earn salvation or promotion to higher form of life




Role of deity

Not practically, like a role model




Is death feared?

No—a great thing




In Life and Death, do things happen by Coincidence and Chance? Or by Fate and Destiny? Or by another factor?

Destiny exists, and so does chance, but people’s actions can change the course of life and death




Other factors?











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