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Re: The Purpose Of Religion........... And Mahayana Buddhism

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Posted by Glenn on November 8, 2000 04:02:44 UTC

In contrast to Hinayana pessimistic approach on Life, MAHAYANA BUDDHISM is a positive approach aims at teaching all Human beings how to enjoy their lives in the truest sense of the word.
Buddhism has been criticized as negative, as i siad earlier, because it places strong emaphasis on the sufferings that lige brings.But what could be more positive than confronting the reality of death, along with it's concomitant sufferings, and finding a way to cope with them ?
Even in Buddhism there exist the idea that faithful will uopn dying be reborn in a Pure LAnd in the west, where they will in bliss and glory and perfect enlightenment forevermore.Though this idea has alrge following, it was first put NOT as a definitive theory of Life after Death, but as means of attracting people of Buddhism. SHAKYAMUNI's original purpose was to wipe away man's futile attachment to this world so as to be able to face the problem of DEATH directly. Nicheren Daishonin said: " LEARN FIRST ABOUT DEATH AND THEN ABOUT OTHER THINGS " Similarly, from an existentialist viewpoint, Martin Heidegger wrote that Human Life is " an existence directed toward death" and that death-potential is inherent in Human Life at the time conception. SHAKYAMUNI

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