The idea that we are born again after death is a cornerstone of traditional Buddhist philosophy. 

It’s also one of the most hotly debated subjects among contemporary dharma practitioners. 

Do you have to believe in rebirth to be a Buddhist? What did the Buddha actually teach about life after death? And what can we learn from recent scientific attempts to document evidence of reincarnation?

Join us to explore these and other vital questions in a special book launch event with Roger Jackson, PhD, the celebrated Buddhist scholar, dharma teacher and author of books including the forthcoming Rebirth: A Guide to Mind, Karma and Cosmos in the Buddhist World (releasing March 22 from Shambhala Publications). 

In conversation with Tricycle Editor-in-Chief James Shaheen, Jackson will discuss the historical context for the Buddha’s teachings on rebirth, modern secular interpretations of the doctrine of rebirth, the range of Buddhist views about what happens after death, and more. Bring your questions!  

This hour-long Zoom event is free for Tricycle Premium subscribers and $10 for general admission. Subscribe to Premium or upgrade your existing subscription for free access.

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Roger Jackson

Roger R. Jackson, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religion at Carleton College. He has nearly 50 years of experience with the study and practice of Buddhism, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His special interests include Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, meditation, and ritual; Buddhist religious poetry; religion and society in Sri Lanka; the study of mysticism; and contemporary Buddhist thought. Roger is a highly respected and beloved scholar, Dharma teacher, and the author of many books and articles.

James Shaheen

James Shaheen, Tricycle’s Editor-in-Chief, began his Buddhist practice in the mid-1990s, studying with teachers from a number of Buddhist traditions. He is particularly interested in Buddhism’s growth in the West and its applicability to Western politics, culture, and everyday life. He has been with Tricycle for nearly 25 years.


  • Date: March 17, 2022
  • Time: 4:00PM EST
  • Format: Live virtual webinar on Zoom
  • Price: Premium Subscribers: Free // General Admission: $10