25 On the Levels of Awareness I


The Buddha talks about various different levels of awareness.
Foolish people have misinterpreted these as real places on the physical world; i.e. heavens or hells.
This is tied into the concept of reincarnation.
Many buddhists believe in reincarnation, and they believe that your good or evil deeds will lead you to reincarnate in one of these lower or higher "planes", as if this was the goal.

In reality, reincarnation is something that is happening to all of you right now.
It is a constant state, because you are constantly changing.

You exist in heaven and hell right now; one moment you might be in one of these heavens, the other in one of these hells.
This is not about something that happens after you are dead, it is happening all the time.