[Buddha-l] Being left alone to quietly die

lemmett at talk21.com lemmett at talk21.com
Fri Jun 4 17:04:26 MDT 2010

Freud did think that we can't imagine our own deaths because we have to smuggle in ourselves as observers that imagine it. I'm not sure I think that is much more than an observation though - not an argument. Merleau-Ponty says something similar that "neither my birth nor my death can appear to me as my experiences..." in the Phenomenology of Perception and Derrida says something similar in Aporias. More interesting still is that Goethe agreed and may have concluded he was immortal.
>>>>Luke is trying to figure out whether Buddhism condones continuity of some sort after death -- and if so, then whether the avyakata questions are a plea for ineffability rather than rejection of annhilationalism simplicitur. 

>So is it that the avyakata questions just affirm anatta and not that death (of the tathagata) is ineffable or anything about consciousness conceived differently to a self?


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