C J wrote:What if every human been in this world attain Nirvana? Not at once but through many years. Imagine all humans attain Nirvana.
So it will be the end of human kind. So Buddhism lead to extinction of human kind. In a way it's very good, no more suffering. But in another way it's so sad, what will an alien from another world think about earth when he come to earth at that time. There will be lot of structures, evidence for intelligent life, but they will not find any intelligent beings.
I would like to see Buddhism leading us to a better life, one with less suffering, where people can live life after life and enjoy it. So who ever want to attain Nirvan can do so and who ever want to stay enjoying life also can do so. Is there any chance for that?
David N. Snyder wrote:C J wrote:
Imagine all humans attain Nirvana.
Then there would still be animals (in this hypothetical). Eventually another intelligent species might evolve after several million years.
But why would you want to live life after life? Why not reach Nibbana in this life, live free of suffering, and then simply not arise any longer? People who want to just stay in Samsara can if they want to, but they'll be happier if they strive for Nibbana.
C J wrote:In my opinion finding a way to have happy and wonderful life without any suffering should be the ultimate goal. Then we can have that wonderful life through the samsara.
David N. Snyder wrote:C J wrote:In my opinion finding a way to have happy and wonderful life without any suffering should be the ultimate goal. Then we can have that wonderful life through the samsara.
Hi C J,
If you're still interested in that view, you might find the Mahayana appealing. They have the bodhisattva vow where they choose to remain in samsara and make it a better place and help other sentient beings along on the Path.
It is not too appealing to me (and probably not too many others here on this Theravada forum) since it sounds apocalyptic (that there can be an "end" time); but if it is something that really appeals to you, you might want to check out some Mahayana traditions, such as Zen, Vajrayana, etc.
I see you are from Sri Lanka, where most everyone is Theravada, but I know of at least one Sri Lankan monk who switched to Mahayana.
C J wrote:Thanks for the input.
Yes, you are right, I'm a Theravada Buddhist. I believe Mahayana has changed from Buddhas real teaching, and Theravada to be most pure. What do you think? If that is the case I'd rather not follow Mahayana. I'll practice Theravada Buddhism until my wisdom matures to understand real truth. May be this is the kind of thinking that lead to Mahayana, don't you think.
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