By David Michie
What does it take to be at liberty? We've all requested ourselves this question at some point soon, yet few folks have came upon the trail to lasting achievement. David Michie suggestion he had accomplished his life's goals—the high-level task, the pricy urban condo, the luxurious automobile, the good vacations—but a small voice used to be telling him he wasn't quite satisfied. an opportunity comment from a naturopath despatched him to his neighborhood Buddhist middle. There he begun an important trip of his existence.
In this straightforward yet superbly written e-book, David Michie opens the door to the center teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he indicates us how he started to contain Buddhist practices into his way of life. He explains how he got here to appreciate the variation among the transitority pleasures of standard existence and the profound feel of healthiness and heartfelt serenity that comes from connecting with our internal nature.
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A passage contained in the Dfghanikiiya is especially interesting in this regard. 2o Here the question is posed why ascetics that lead a moral life do not simply kill themselves if there really is a yonder world and a reward for good deeds, as the Buddhists and followers of many other religious currents believe. For, thanks to the merit acquired by virtuous behavior, they would be guaranteed the transition to a better existence. The answer is that virtuous ascetics regard their life as meaningful.
58 Thus ultimately even Harivarman's position amounts to saying that Godhika committed suicide for the sake of salvation. *Tattvasiddhi Narrative literature The fact that the edifying narrative literature of Buddhism was popular in the Sravakayana as well as in the Mahayana gives us the opportunity to discuss some of these sources here before turning to an examination of Mahayana texts proper. cf. Jean Filliozat, "The Giving Up of Life by the Sage: The Suicides of the Criminal and the Hero in Indian Tradition," in Religion, Philosophy, Yoga: A Selection of Articles by Jean Filliozat (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1991), 154-5.
Becker, Breaking the Circle: Death and the Afterlife in Buddhism, (Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, 1993), 138-9. , 139--40). , 139. Earlier, but nearly identical versions of the passages cited from Becker's book can be found in Carl B. Becker, "Buddhist Ethics for the New Century: 50 Views on Suicide in Buddhism: Some Remarks the fact that many more cases of mass suicides from Japanese history are reported, it is obvious that even in the doctrine of Pure Land Buddhism suicide was not necessarily regarded as a fast and safe way to paradise.
Buddhism For Busy People: Finding Happiness In An Uncertain World by David Michie