Buddhism : The Philosophy Of Buddhism

1198 Words Apr 30th, 2016 5 Pages
What is the self? If one were ask a thousand different people they would get a thousand different answers. Surely everyone out in the world has their own opinion of what the self is, and there is no right or wrong answer to the lifelong mystery. People can agree and disagree with all the many ideas what of the “self” could be, but there will never be one true answer. The theory I mostly identify with is the philosophy of Buddhism, its teachings, and the importance of meditation. Some people would argue that Buddhism is a religion not a philosophy, and vice versa, but nonetheless the Buddha has an idea of self in our current life. Buddhism teaches us that life is, and full of suffering and that nothing in life is eternal. The ultimate goal of Buddhism is Nirvana, which means liberation from the constant cycle of life and death, and it 's suffering. “When the envelopment of thought coverings has been annihilated, then he becomes free of all fear, beyond the reach of change, enjoying final nirvana”(Perfection of Wisdom 2015, 166). So nirvana is what every Buddhist works towards and is the final goal. Unlike Indian sages the Buddha did not care for the unseen reality, the soul, the afterlife, or the origins of the universe. “He said that curiosity about such matters was like a man who, having been wounded by a poisoned arrow, refused to get it pulled out until he was told the caste and origin of his assailant, his name,his height, the color of his skin, and all the…
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