437Re: different questions
- Aug 8, 2003
>> There is no Creator according to Buddhism, so are we just like partof this "thing" where we came from, are we just part of it? If we are not
individuals, unique souls, do we stop being ourselves, like reasoning,
being aware of things when we die? Do we go back to this "thing"
when we die? <<
The idea of a person or being, self or soul, is an illusion. Since it is not
real, thinking in the wrong way will only lead to greater confusion: "Do
exist?" "Do in not exist?" "Where did I come from?" "Where will I go
after death?" "If I attain nibbana, will I cease to exist?" All such thoughts
are based on a false hypothesis that "I" is some real and substantial
>> How come gurus like Yogananda and many others talk about aloving God? I think different people perceive this differently, maybe
according to their level of espirituality. Am I right? <<
The God belief is bound up with the soul belief. They are both wrong
views according to Buddhism. Reliance on an imagined Creator God is
no better than reliance on an imagined self or soul. One should let go of
these ideas and rely only on Dhamma - on what one can verify by
>> It seems to me that suffering will always be around, even if we reachenligthment there will be others experiencing suffering somewhere. Is
that right? If it is, that is really disturbing... Honestly, I feel confused and
soooo lonely. It was convenient to believe that there was "somebody"
up there watching over me, and now I think I was just mistaken. <<
Suffering will be around as long as craving and igorance are around.
When we let go of our craving or dispel our ignorance regarding any
matter - pop - our suffering vanishes right there and then. The trouble is
we still have plenty more craving and ignorance to give rise to suffering
again in the future. So we have to eradicate them from the root with
>> I really want to know, to learn. I'm reading about Buddhism, I startedto meditate (although it's pretty difficult to me yet) and I decided to eat
vegetarian for at least one day a week. As I said, I got to a point in life
where I want to be a better person, I want to learn and I crave for it, but
maybe I am just too stupid to understand Buddhism... <<
Trying to be a better person is a lot of suffering. It is better to accept
oneself as one is first, then there won't be any extra suffering, just the
usual stuff like getting old, paying the rent, dealing with the world in
general. We can learn from suffering if we stop trying to avoid it.
Only stupid people can understand Buddhism. The "wise" ones are
really lost and hopeless. To get rid of the stupid defilements like lust,
anger, stubborness, etc., we have to be clever, but to get rid of the
clever defilements like pride, conceit, arrogance, etc., we have to be a
bit more stupid.
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