Therefore all such statements are equally uncertain. Furthermore, in the same text the Buddha says that each of these propositions about the soul is “not acceptable” (Embree 104). Even if one could say something definite about the soul, speculation on its nature would still be useless because in ... ... middle of paper ... ...a, there is no acceptable definition or description of what the soul actually is. There is debate and constant questioning over the issue. Also, since the nature of the soul has no bearing on the goal of Buddhism, the question of the soul is ultimately irrelevant to the Buddhist.
Some things will stick with us forever, the pain, the noise, the thoughts, the sights, the touch of what you are now so afraid of. Why does it have to be like this for so many hopeless people? You’re alone and you feel like there’s no way out. You need to run as far as you can to get away from the pain. Maybe you’ll fun so fast and so far that you’ll finally be free.
It is as if it is a never ending loop of constant discussion. The names, faces, and wording may be different but everything else is exactly the same. Then no progress is made because everyone is so intransigent. The book Ancient Futures describes the unique society of the Ladakhs. They are best known for being cut off from the rest of the world and creating a personal environment where they are completely self-sustainable, at least until westernization came through.
Ignorance does cause many problems but knowing everything about our world can often bring you down instead of up. Losing ignorance is very important in maturing and evolving as a person but losing your ignorance is not the end to all your suffering. There is no end to suffering, there are breaks but there is no end. According to the bandits theory life is full of misery and pain. Everything we have and want brings some sort of pain to our lives.
In society today there is a common understanding that true happiness can never be achieved. Moreover, that the purpose of life is to suffer and to work until death. This thought raises many questions about the steps to take in order to achieve true happiness. The struggle to answer these questions goes above and beyond minds because humans are made so distinctly that the definition varies from person to person. But if true happiness is in fact achievable, it will be attained only when we are one with ourselves, with what we produce, and with the people that surround us.
It is translated into an understanding that everything in life is conditioned, temporary and independent from other functions of living. Anything is justified as beautiful because it is dukkha, meaning at some point it will come to an end. This has taught Buddhist followers to appreciate the qualities of life by cherishing and not taking anything for granted. It is often misinterpreted as a negative form of appreciation, seeming as though there is no acknowledgment for an end. However it is supported by further philosophies to appreciate what life has to offer by “living each day as if it were the last” (unknown).
Things don’t always work out the way we expect them but they do always happen for a reason. You cannot plan or schedule your life because nothing is fixed forever. Life is a journey and every single moment of our life is a process of learning. We need the journey and all these experiences in order to change and to become better. Krishna teaches himself, and the novel tries to teach us, to be grateful to life and death.
For Dogen there is also a detachment from language and written scriptures for it cannot serve as a means of explaining philosophical truth. Dogen instructs that no mater how elegant prose might be, "they are merely toying with words and cannot gain truth"(Masunaga 33). Language only obstructs the understanding of Zen Buddhi... ... middle of paper ... ... there is no Enlightenment to obtain. One just simply is. The world of ignorance, greed, and self-centeredness is non-existent for the Enlightened mind is completely open and liberated.
However, Epicurus and Epictetus fail to address the true emotional nature of death and its impact on the human psyche. Accepting these philosophies requires an inherent selfishness that cannot possibly lead to achieving a tranquil and essentially good life. Epicurus argues all good and bad things derive from a sensation of pleasure or pain. He advocated the absence of pain and the attainment of a happy, tranquil life. Achieving this state of mind includes expelling the fear of death, which he attempted to philosophically refute.
It no longer desires excuses, it just wants relief. Buddhism according to Nietzsche is degenerate and lifeless. Buddhism is certainly not saying with its delicate constitution and perpetual worries about healthfulness.