Uniqueness of the Buddhadhamma

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Uniqueness of the Buddhadhamma

Postby clw_uk » Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:36 pm

I was reading up on Epicurus when i came accross this


Epicurus
Epicurus put forward the theory of "materialism": The only things that exist are bodies and the space between them.

Epicurus taught that the soul is also made of material objects, and so when the body dies the soul dies with it. There is no afterlife.

Epicurus thought that gods might exist, but if they did, they did not have anything to do with human beings.

Religion was the human activity of trying to live in the way such noble (but unknowable) gods might live.

The soul cannot survive separation from the body, since it is necessary to understand that it too is a part.
By itself the soul cannot ever either exist (even though Plato and the Stoics talk a great deal of nonsense on the subject) or experience movement, just as the body does not possess sensation when the soul is released from it.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions ... ient.shtml

This is obviously simillar if not the same as Ajita Kesakambali's teachings

When i realised this it occured to me, the teachings of Lord Buddha really are unique in the world

Every other kind of religious/philosophical thought has been repeated by many other individuals/religions throughout history, even when there is seperation by time, place and culture the same teachings keep coming up in human thought accept for the teachings of Lord Buddha that hasnt been repeated by anyone else in the known history of man


Isnt that something special?


:anjali:
“ Your mind is likewise blocked. But the right road awaits you still. Cast out your doubts, your fears and your desires, let go of grief and of hope as well, for where these rule , then the mind is their subject." Boetius
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Re: Uniqueness of the Buddhadhamma

Postby sukhamanveti » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:25 pm

Hi clw_uk,

I agree! (I just had to find something I could agree with you about after our debate. :smile: )

I have read that the anatta or Not-Self doctrine is found only in the teaching of the Buddha. It seems to be the biggest difference.

Best regards.

Ed
Sīlaṃ balaṃ appaṭimaṃ.
Sīlaṃ āvudhamuttamaṃ.
Sīlamābharaṇaṃ seṭṭhaṃ.
Sīlaṃ kavacamabbhutaṃ.


Virtue is a matchless power.
Virtue is the greatest weapon.
Virtue is the best adornment.
Virtue is a wonderful armor.

Theragatha 614


Sabbapāpassa akaraṇaṃ,
kusalassa upasampadā,
Sacittapariyodapanaṃ,
etaṃ buddhāna sāsanaṃ.


Refraining from all wrong-doing,
Undertaking the good,
Purifying the mind,
This is the teaching of the buddhas.

Dhammapada v. 183/14.5
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Re: Uniqueness of the Buddhadhamma

Postby clw_uk » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:22 am

We have an agreement :woohoo: :clap: lol



I have read that the anatta or Not-Self doctrine is found only in the teaching of the Buddha. It seems to be the biggest difference.



Absolutely, not only Anatta but the four noble cant be found anywhere else, i think this is because there not coming from thought or conjecture but from an understanding of reality, an insight into how things are



All the best

Craig

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