Once again you have not answered my question directly. Rather you have taken the opportunity to pontificate Buddhism. So much verbage that it is possible to find words here or there that answer my question, like those in the above title.
"The mind and the brain cannot be separated. "
Well, this seems to say that according to Buddhism OBE is impossible. But I and others I know have experienced it. So should we then assume that the Buddha is incorrect. Or that perhaps you are incorrect.
You also say somewhere in all that verbage that your consciousness does not survive death, as you become one with the universe after death. Well, at least that is consistent. But then you also reject the 'doctrine of annihilation' .
So what we get from all your verbage is
'''not this---not that'''
So is Buddhism like you. Lots of verbage, but not admitting anything to be true. It's all about what is not true. You cannot get at truth by constantly talking about what is not true. But that is exactly what Buddhism does.
Sorry to be so critical, but Buddhism, at least in the form you promulgate is not for me. I am a materialist, not a dualist. Your dualism is even a not this, not that type. Not the same, but not separate. That at least is a bit more understandable than no soul, but yet reincarnation. Buddhism is full of contradictions, by design it seems.
Or is it just the kind of Buddhism that you teach.
Tell me the truth,
Not just what is not the truth.