Intro to Buddhism Assignment 1 - Will Millar Intro to...

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Will Millar Intro to Buddhism Assignment 1 "I inform you, great king, I announce to you, great king: aging and death are rolling in on you. When aging and death are rolling in on you, great king, what should be done?" "As aging and death are rolling in on me, venerable sir, what else should be done but to live by the Dhamma, to live righteously, and to do wholesome and meritorious deeds?" At first glance the key goal of Buddhism seems contradictory onto its self, to give up forms of attachment, and to do away with desire, or thirst. These goals seem contradictory because they are just that, goals, and to achieve a goal one must almost always desire that goal, and to achieve something so difficult and important as Nirvana, one must desire it above all else. It is clear that the requirement to do away with attachment goes beyond giving up material objects, because the Buddha says that even ascetics who have given up their possessions still fight with one another over their views and these attachments to beliefs also cause suffering.
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