Interviewer: "What is it that's reborn? Is there an eternal soul or self that transmigrates from one lifetime to the next?"
The Buddha: "Contrary to the Vedas and Upanishads, there's nothing to be reborn. You have no eternal soul or essential self dragging around a suitcase of unresolved karma from lifetime to lifetime. Rather, what makes the trip is a continuity of consciousness at a very subtle level. Every time you generate fresh karma it leaves an energetic 'stamp' on the ever-flowing mind stream."
Presented as a comfortable chat between Siddhartha Gautama—the Buddha—and a time-traveling interviewer, this compact little book imagines what it would be like to spend and hour or two with the founder of one of the world's great religious traditions over a cup of tea or coffee. The entertaining conversation is purely fictional, yet solidly based on biographical facts.