Life is suffering and there are many causes. It is seen that it is up to a person and their conscious to reconcile themselves with there lives? Buddha’s first Noble truth, Life is suffering.
What causes suffering? Sometimes we lose what we care about, we are separated from those we love, our bodies fail us as we get older, we feel helpless or hurt, or our lives just seem to be slipping away. Pain is caused by many people in our lives.
Suicide is never condemned it is the state of mind which determines the rightness or wrongness of the suicide situation. One must reconcile with ones self with Termination and that is personal matter between the mind and the self.
There are moral and ethical situations in the culture and society in which a person tries to terminate. There are world euthanasia movements. People who feel their body belongs to them and they have a right. Often governments pass laws that prevent this for better or worse.
But this is not just about termination, there are questions, like, what happens if I die? Is there a long dreamless sleep? Hoe about some quantum afterlife? Is there a Japanese have had a culture where suicide is seen as a a persons choice, here in America it is said that one values life and the person must be saved even if they do not want.
This is such a difficult topic and subject to think about, but it is part of the Buddhist and philosophical world. Part of suffering is not everything we think about is pleasant or what we call “Happy Horse Doo” psychology. Positive thinking and prayers do not work.
Barbara Ereinriech explaind:” Two weeks ago, I was in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at a meeting where people who were about to be laid off told their stories. A woman next to me said that when her unemployment insurance runs out, she’ll live in her car. Then, another woman said, “Well, we have to remember to be positive, and that means don’t watch the news, don’t read the newspaper, just concentrate.” Oh my God, I ask, how can this be happening? It’s about how unattractive whiners and complainers are, and how they should be shunned.”
“You don’t worry about social inequality if you’re a positive thinker, because you, too, can become rich just by modifying your thoughts. So why be concerned that some people are off in the stratosphere in their personal jets while you’re waiting for the bus?”
Positive thinking is another New Age form of hanging our horse shoes out for good luck. Reality in Buddhism is called dharma or dharmma. This word, which is foundational to the conceptual frameworks of the Indian religions, refers in Buddhism to the system of natural laws which constitute the natural order of things.
Very few get a very happy life, yet, it is not impossible. Laughter is so important. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, because life is too short to spend unhappy. Many people need to lighten up and stop going into the deep end.
But the Dhammapada States a person can be so defeated here can be no hope for them.” The grim reality of suffering.
My view is that suffering outside of spirituality is brought n by Governments who cause suffering through enforcing poverty and and social inequality. Forcing people into adverse situations and leaving them in despair.
Buddhism believes in “Gross National Happiness.” but many governments do not care about that.
Since the foundation of Bhutan, spirituality and compassion have been integrated with governance. Furthermore, this integration has occurred at both the personal and the institutional level. This report opens by tracing the history of this imaginative integration, which was crystallized by His Majesty the Fourth King into the idea of GNH. As Bhutan has developed.
Since the foundation of Bhutan, spirituality and compassion have been integrated with governance. Furthermore, this integration has occurred at both the personal and the institutional level. This report opens by tracing the history of this imaginative integration, which was crystallized by His Majesty the Fourth King into the idea of GNH. As Bhutan has developed
In Jodo Shin Shu, we embrace BNH, because Enlightenment cannot be obtained in misery.