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Buddha His Life and Teaching 1. The middle path avoids the two extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification to achieve peace of mind, higher wisdom, full enlightenment, and Nirvana. The path of self-mortification leads to a confused and sick mind, while the path of sensuality enervates and degrades the person, making him vulgar and enslaved to his passions. 4. The self is an illusion of individual righteousness because the selfish person only considers himself; the self is also the source of immorality and error. Righteousness can be practiced only when we have freed our mind from passions of egotism; perfect peace can dwell only where all vanity has disappeared. 5. To think that the self endures after death, it makes morality worthless because there seems to be no consequences to
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Unformatted text preview: any wrongs done; on the other hand, to say that the self no longer exists after death is to say that nothing is worth striving for in during that lifetime because no accomplishments achieved will last once the self dies. Both of these views are erroneous because they lead a person astray and decrease morality. 6. The person who surrenders the grasping disposition of selfishness gains the calm state of mind, which conveys perfect peace, goodness, and wisdom. Buddhism is not nihilistic because it does not advocate simply the extinguishing of self; instead, it teaches to extinguish suffering and the letting go of things that cause craving, to achieve the ultimate enlightenment, thereby obtaining Nirvana....
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