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originally posted by: Yavanna
First Food For Thought:
Buddhism is generally about ending suffering, and trying to cause the least harm possible to those around you. I get that, its a philosophy that's found across the world, in almost every religions and belief systems.
But there is one thing that I find contradictory.
According to the myth, when Prince Siddhārtha Gautama found out about the external world, he abandoned his old life. Including his wife and his kids.
He could have shown them the truth, and they could have helped the world together. Instead, he left them without explaining anything, according to the myth. I'm no expert in marriage, but I'm pretty sure such an action caused lots of hurt to Siddhārtha's family, to be abandoned like that, as if they didn't any longer mattered.
Contradiction. The first action of a man determined to end suffering was to cause suffering to his own wife and kids.
That was the first food for thought.
originally posted by: swanne
a reply to: Yavanna
Buddhism is the Paradoxal Religion - its purpose defeats itself.
Buddhism is all about reaching a state called Nirvana, which is a state with no desires (buddhists point out the fact that desires cause suffering). But then the desire to reach Nirvana is in itself a desire, which also causes suffering. There are not many buddhists who realise that the desire to end desire is in itself a paradox which traps the mind inside its own little circle. By attempting to escape the sufferings of physicality, they have trapped themselves into a suffering of the mind - which is in my opinion even worst.
originally posted by: cooperton
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. " (Matthew 19:29)