Transmigration according to Buddhism

Autora: Carmen Dragonetti

For western people it is not difficult to understand transmigration in Hindu doctrine. According to Hinduism, the soul (ātman, jīva), a spiritual, inalterable, eternal being, transmigrates, passing from one body to another. Western people, educated in the belief of the soul’s existence, understand –even if they do not accept it− the transmigration conceived in this way. Moreover, there have been in the West several thinkers, like Pythagoras, Empedocles, Plato, who have advocated the transmigration’s doctrine.


Dragonetti, C. (1977), “Transmigration according to Buddhism”, Dharma World, Tokyo, 4 (6): 10-12.