There are so many diverse practices and sects in Hinduism. Every kind of possible beliefs are available in one sect or another. This is conceptual richness of Hinduism.

Now, every Hindu sect/philosophy which I encountered so far believes in rebirth.

Just for curiosity on belief-diversity, Is there any sect/philosophy in Hinduism, which does not believe in rebirth?

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    no, all Hindu sects believe in rebirth. It is one of the definitions of being Hindu - belief in God, belief in the Vedas, belief in rebirth. Mar 28, 2018 at 4:42
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    I think "Charvaka" philosophy may not be believing in rebirth. They seem more like modern thinking of "ek pal ka jeena, fir to hai jaana!" @SwamiVishwananda,
    – iammilind
    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:11
  • atheistic Hindu philosophies like sankhya,mimansa etc have what stance on rebirth?
    – zaxebo1
    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:50
  • @SwamiVishwananda (Purva) Mimamsakas were divided over the existence of Brahman. Mar 28, 2018 at 13:05
  • A word Hindu or Hinduism is a cultural term. Mar 29, 2018 at 16:30

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ChArvaka is one such school.

In 8th century CE Jaina literature, Saddarsanasamuccaya by Haribhadra,[25] Lokayata is stated to be the Hindu school where there is "no God, no samsara (rebirth), no karma, no duty, no fruits of merit, no sin."

and also,

Consciousness and afterlife
Charvaka school of Hinduism did not believe in karma, rebirth or an afterlife. To them, all attributes that represented a person, such as thinness, fatness etc., resided in the body. The Sarvasiddhanta Samgraha states the Charvaka position as follows,[52]

There is no other world other than this; There is no heaven and no hell; The realm of Shiva and like regions, are invented by stupid imposters.
— Sarvasiddhanta Samgraha, Verse 8[52]

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    Charvaka is NOT a school of Hinduism. That is because they didnt accept the Vedas
    – Ikshvaku
    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:43
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    @Ikshvaku, so you have any definite reference which suggests that "Hindu = accepting Vedas". Many Hindus don't know anything about Veda, let alone accepting it. Besides read the above wiki reference which suggests Charvaka as Hindus.
    – iammilind
    Mar 28, 2018 at 13:34
  • Which Hindus dont accept Vedas as authority?
    – Ikshvaku
    Mar 28, 2018 at 14:44
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    Charvakas aren't Hindu because they didnt consider themselves Hindu; they explicitly rejected the Vedas. And that text you referenced above is a Jain text
    – Ikshvaku
    Mar 28, 2018 at 15:46
  • @Ikshvaku, probably because most people don't even know the origin of the word Hindu. They think people who follow the Hindu religion are called Hindus :( , and it is just associated with those in present day India.
    – ram
    Mar 28, 2018 at 23:59

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