Namaste all.. . this is a continuation of the conversation from the Contentious Objector thread... Namaste mcedgy, thank you for the post. this is a great question, in my opinion. naturally, as a Buddhist, my view of these things may be slightly different than yours... or even other Buddhists viva la difference! in any event... i shall attempt to answer you query as accurately as possible from as broad a position as possible. what is the personality of the human being? is it the sum of the collective experience of the being? i'm not really sure, to be honest with you. when Buddhists talk about personality it is usally in the terms of conditioned personality... and what we really mean by that is that our consciousness has become conditioned to a certain type of input/output and operates in this manner. this is one of the reasons why people react differently to the same stimuli. to a large extent, the personality of the being is tied very strongly to their notion of self-existence, the "I". without this notion, personality becomes a bit less well defined and more open and flowing. from a non-Buddhist point of view... i think that we could make a pretty good case that this personality energy would continue, in some form, in the same fashion as other energy... though perhaps significantly modified such that we couldn't recognize it as a "personality" per se. from a Buddhist view, the personality can be seen as an aspect of consciousness, however it's one that's been emotionalized and is subject to being deluded about it's true nature, which is empty of conception. as you know, in Buddhism, we have a teaching of rebirth. this is not a rebirth of the "self" or of "I", rather, it's a rebirth of the accumulated karmic energy of our actions which are carried in an aspect of the consciousness that is identified as the 8th Alaya consciousness. recall, that for Buddhists, consciousness is not a monolithic entity.. it's an aggregate of many layers and parts... thus, we break consciousness down into very discrete bits to talk about... which is great on a conventional level... the danger there is that we take the conventional for the absolute. in the Vajrayana, especially as found in Tibet, there is a tradition of lamas choosing to be reborn, however, they will, on occassion, choose to have aspects of their consciousness that contain their emotionalized consciousness, i.e. personality, be reborn as well. as an aside.. if you ever have a chance to watch the movie Little Buddha, you'll see an example of this. so... in the end... here's what i would conclude. from the Buddhist position, generally the answer is "no", the personality does not continue from rebirth to rebirth... though there are some noted exceptions to this. i am curious to see how others may respond to your query as i think this question could be applicable to all religious traditions.