issue in early buddhism because they contradict permanent existence and a soul

Issue in early buddhism because they contradict

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issue in early buddhism because they contradict permanent existence and a soul is something that a person can be attached to- so being attached to a soul binds you to the world and is problematic- because having anything from the world attached to you is not good Instead, the “self” is made up of five aggregates ( skandha s): one physical, four mental - Even the human self is an illusion, the self is made out of skandhas (means heap or pile) - Ways of perceiving the world and consciousness is a discrete entity But if there is no soul what goes through cycle of samsara? - We are all karmic patters moving through life therefore there is continuity but there doesn’t need to be linkage between one karma and the other - Pattern and not dependent on any sub strains - Depends on previous life on how one thing becomes another Early Buddhist teachings *Dependent origination - everythign that exists is in a net of causality (moral realm, bio realm, spiritual realm) is tied in causal network and its unavoidable - Our ability to perceive the world is tied to our craving for our world which leads to next events in the chain which leads to the cycle - Most stages of the chain are outside human control which is an issue
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- Craving is under human control so it continues the change of origination - Explains why individuals are born- birth exists because of feeling of craving and it can be broken so buddhist renunciate practice focuses on them Karma (drives the change), samsara (process of life, death and rebirth), and the *Six Realms of Rebirth (realms person can be reborn into based on previous life - Often there is a symbol of a wheel of life *The four noble truths - Life is unsatisfactory (“suffering”) - Suffering is caused by craving (“attachment” to impermanent things) - Craving can cease - Cessation of craving through the Eightfold Path (system of renunciate practice of mediation and mild asceticism buddha came up with) – stops craving through eightfold path Not just humans subject to illusion
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Karma

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