Baharna Books:

Karma and Reincarnation

The books in this list are divided into the following categories:

For more scriptures and spiritual works that touch on karma and reincarnation, refer to the Karma Bibliography.  For more online information about this sort of thing, refer to the Karma and Reincarnation page.


lwrabb.gif (12622 bytes) Walking Through Time
Lauren W. Rabb. "A young widow named Eleanor Strayer is finding it hard to get over the death of her husband and get on with her life, when she discovers a packet of letters from a woman who lived 100 years ago. The letters are from Gertrude Picknell, the young wife of the artist William Lamb Picknell. It soon becomes clear that it may not be coincidence that Eleanor has found these letters -- Gertrude's life clearly echoes Eleanor's own. When the letters abruptly end before the close of Gertrude's story, Eleanor embarks on a quest to find out what happened to the woman. In discovering Gertrude, Eleanor discovers herself, and learns that sometimes we get a second chance to correct mistakes we made in the past." This novel has a series of five-star reviews from enchanted readers on 

Traditional Beliefs:

luminous.gif (12229 bytes) Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha

By Kalu Rinpoche. Comparing Kyabje with Milarepa, the greatest meditation master Tibet has ever known, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the author of Luminous Mind as a "beacon of inspiration" for spiritual practitioners of all traditions. Noting that "there have been few like him before or since," His Holiness urges us to delve into this remarkable anthology of the late Kalu Rinpoche's essential instructions so that we may encounter "the full range of Buddhist practice from basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of Mahamudra." Includes Mind, Reality, and Illusion, The Transformations of Mind: Lives, Deaths and Rebirths, and The Paths of Liberation, which includes introductions to the essence of the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana paths as well the the higher teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

sogyal.jpg (18367 bytes) The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller
Sogyal Rinpoche. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1993, this book presents Tibetan Buddhist views on death, rebirth, and karma in a form that is uniquely accessible to the Western mind. Beginning with Buddhist views on impermanence and the nature of mind, Sogyal Rinpoche goes on to describe the bardos or transition states in which rapid evolutionary advances are possible; as well as the dying process and advice on helping the dying.
Reincarnation: An East-West AnthologyImage
Joseph Head. Paperback / Published 1989. A large selection of pro-reincarnation quotations from thinkers of many different religious, philosophical, and literary traditions around the world.
Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian TraditionsImage
Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty (ed.). Hardcover / Published 1980. A collection of very intense scholarly essays that look at Indian reincarnation beliefs from a philosophical and sociological perspective.
Dimensions of KarmaImage
S.s Rama Rao Pappu. Hardcover / Published 1994. Another collection of interesting essays in much the same vein as O'Flaherty's book.
The Book of Reincarnation and the Afterlife
Martin Palmer, Joanne O'Brien. Paperback / Published 1997. A look at beliefs about the afterlife in the three closely-intertwined traditions that comprise traditional Chinese religion: Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Includes discussions of the two types of soul, tables of actions and their consequences, ancestor worship, immortality and the eight immortals, the eighteen hells, and "The Three Lives": a popular astrological work that gives indications about your previous, present, and next life.
Immortality and Reincarnation: Wisdom from the Forbidden JourneyImage
Alexandra David-Neel. Paperback / Published 1997.
Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth in Tibetan BuddhismImage
Rinbochay etc. Paperback / Published 1985.

Arguments For and Against:

Reincarnation: A Critical ExaminationImage
Paul Edwards. Hardcover / Published 1996.
Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation: Second Edition, Revised and EnlargedImage
Ian Stevenson. Paperback / Published 1980. Stevenson is the most famous and frequently-cited collector of true cases of people who seemingly have recollections of past lives.
Where Reincarnation and Biology IntersectImage
Ian Stevenson. Paperback / Published 1997.

Cases of the Reincarnation Type. Vol. I: Ten Cases in India; Vol II: Ten Cases in Sri Lanka; Vol III: Twelve Cases in Lebanon and Turkey; Vol. IV: Twelve Case in Thailand and Burma (four volumes)Image
Ian Stevenson. Hardcover / Published 1981.
Cases of the Reincarnation Type, Volume III: Twelve Cases in Lebanon and TurkeyImage
Ian Stevenson. Hardcover / Published 1980.
What Happens After Death: Scientific & Personal Evidence for SurvivalImage
Migene Gonzalez-Wippler. Paperback / Published 1997.
The Reincarnation Controversy: Uncovering the Truth in the World ReligionsImage
Steven J. Rosen. Paperback / Published 1997.
The Case for ReincarnationImage
James Dillet Freeman. Hardcover / Published 1986.

Reincarnation and Christianity:

Reincarnation for the ChristianImage
Quincy Howe. Paperback / Published 1987.
Reincarnation in Christianity: A New Vision of the Role of Rebirth in Christian Thought
Geddes MacGregor. Paperback / Published 1989.

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