Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

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edwhys211
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Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby edwhys211 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:26 am

We have to learn lessons through numerous lives before reaching nirvana, and life is suffering, according to Buddha. Does that mean life is a bad thing that we must deal with and complete in hopes to escape it, or what? I understand there is much suffering in life, but there is also a lot of good.

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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby manas » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:02 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby Digity » Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:30 pm

I would put aside judging life. Just ask yourself do you suffer? If so, do you want to free yourself from this suffering. If so, here's a path leading out of suffering. Whether we tell you life is good or bad doesn't change the fact that suffering is a part of life...even with all of its good aspects.

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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby DAWN » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:16 pm

It not so bad, en real.
It's just rise, and disapear.
Sabbe dhamma anatta
We are not concurents...

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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:22 pm

---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby Bhikkhu_Jayasara » Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:02 am

I think we need to be careful at all times when we use the word " bad" in regards to Buddhist practice. When we think " oh this is bad, or the buddha said thats bad" , we often have a western connotation of the word, and various translations using western concepts like " bad" and "evil" don't help.

as Dig said, we want to put aside such judging. If you feel dissatisfaction and dispassion and wish to renounce, even then you don't do that because the world is " bad" or lay life is "bad".

we create and are enthralled with dukkha because of our cravings, some wish to be rid of that, others do not, there is no inherent "badness" to either choice. We want to judge less and see reality for what it is more.
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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby Kusala » Fri Dec 07, 2012 2:17 am

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"He, the Blessed One, is indeed the Noble Lord, the Perfectly Enlightened One;
He is impeccable in conduct and understanding, the Serene One, the Knower of the Worlds;
He trains perfectly those who wish to be trained; he is Teacher of gods and men; he is Awake and Holy. "

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"The Dhamma is well-expounded by the Blessed One,
Apparent here and now, timeless, encouraging investigation,
Leading to liberation, to be experienced individually by the wise. "

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Re: Is life a bad thing in Buddhism?

Postby drifting cloud » Sun Dec 09, 2012 8:21 am

No, not at all. Buddhism teaches us to respect all life and in particular to value our human life:

Staying at Savatthi. Then the Blessed One, picking up a little bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monks, "What do you think, monks? Which is greater: the little bit of dust I have picked up with the tip of my fingernail, or the great earth?"

"The great earth is far greater, lord. The little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail is next to nothing. It doesn't even count. It's no comparison. It's not even a fraction, this little bit of dust the Blessed One has picked up with the tip of his fingernail, when compared with the great earth.

"In the same way, monks, few are the beings reborn among human beings. Far more are those reborn elsewhere. Thus you should train yourselves: 'We will live heedfully.' That's how you should train yourselves."


Nakhasikha Sutta

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