[Buddha-l] Being unable to imagine dying and living
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Sat Jun 26 10:35:45 MDT 2010
Dear Buddha-L citiziens,
I use to read Buddha-L messages once in two or three
months, so I'm sorry for contributing late to this
thread--however I have found it quite interesting and
would like to share my two cents.
First of all, I'm agnostic about what happens after
death, in short, I don't know if my personality will go
on in some way.
As far as my understanding goes, early Buddhists
thought that life is suffering and wanted to end it in
a ultimate way. Since they believed in rebirth, they
didn't tend to commit suicide, but followed the
eightfold path instead.
Then some later Buddhists decided that better than
an ultimate end is a continual rebirth in order to help
I share the view that life is truly awful. In short,
I think that we are born as slaves of an economic
elite. Many people are starving and dying because they
are not allowed even the most basic vital stuff, and we
are the slaves who keep this system going on. We also
exploit other species and our planet resources. That's
why I have decided not to bring new human lives to this
Since I'm a living human being I have to decide how
to spend this time until death. I have decided the use
my life trying to understand how our world works,
contributing to our well-being (i.e. helping myself and
others to experience as less suffering as possible),
and exposing our madness. I also try to enjoy life as
much as I can and, for me, marriage is the key.
I don't know what happens after death. I'm intrigued
about rebirth stories and rebirth hyponsis, I'm
thinking for instance in Elisabeth Kubler Ross and
Brian Weiss. I would like to know is someone has
studied their reports in a critical way. Death is still
a big mystery for me. However I find it quite
interesting and enjoyable studying it.
Ben (Oviedo, Asturias, Spain)
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