Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Religion or philosophy?

I came across this site after my son remarked upon a photograph of a Mayan deity, saying Buddha! It surprised my wife, and me too, because it had been weeks maybe months since I had shown my boy, at the time no quite two, a graphic of Buddha on the computer screen. Anyway, here's an excerpt of an introduction to Buddhism:

If we look at our life, very simply, in a straightforward way, we see that it is marked with frustration and pain. This is because we attempt to secure our relationship with the "world out there", by solidifying our experiences in some concrete way. For example, we might have dinner with someone we admire very much, everything goes just right, and when we get home later we begin to fantasise about all the things we can do with our new-found friend, places we can go etc. We are going through the process of trying to cement our relationship. Perhaps, the next time we see our friend, she/he has a headache and is curt with us; we feel snubbed, hurt, all our plans go out the window. The problem is that the "world out there" is constantly changing, everything is impermanent and it is impossible to make a permanent relationship with anything, at all.

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