posted on Aug, 19 2003 @ 05:12 PM
Ghosts are humans reborn in Peta Loka, otherwise known as the realm, or plane of hungry ghosts. Peta Loka is but another of the 32 realms of existance
in buddhist thought.
Anyhow, to get onto the actual subject of ghosts, they were humans that had strong attachment to human existance, or a particular place or time,
allthough they are allready dead they can't leave. Sometimes people run across "friendly ghost", these are the ghost that have "lost their way",
or died suddenly, and don't know they're dead yet, or have "unfinished bussiness" to do... such as pass on a message, or ease someone in pain.
According to Buddhist philosophy those on the Peta Loka cannot do good deeds, thus they cannot generate good karma, so they rely on reserve karma to
determine their next life. You can help these ghost though... simply offering love, and kindness to these beings will help them on their way. You can
also share, or transfer merit with them, which will help them generate some good karma for themselves... for this they will be thankful.
keep in mind, I am sharing information that comes from my view point as a buddhist, and others explanations will vary depending on their spiritual,
cultural, and educational background.
[Edited on 20-8-2003 by oui]