#Karmapa on life after death
In general, although the body does decay at the end of one’s life, the stream of one’s consciousness goes further onwards, if there is a cause. Most of the time, there is a cause, either by karma or by aspirations, but for most of us, by karma.
Whatever the case, if there is a cause for the mind to continue its stream, then whatever that mind has learned or understood during one particular lifetime, all of that is never wasted or lost, it carries on forward.
The key is to accept that everything is change, meaning yesterday is gone. The past is past. This is what ‘accepting impermanence’ means. The answer lies there.
To convince ourselves or to be able to ‘sell’ this idea, we need proof, a guarantee. If you look at all the experienced ones, actual Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, they are that very proof. But if even they are not convincing enough, then I will personally vouch that it does work, and that it does not take long. It does not take aeons, it does not take years or days even. It works right here, right now. All you have to do is truly give in to change, give in to impermanence, and give in to that truth. That’s all it takes!