The Philosophy Of Buddhism : Zen Buddhism

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The quote comes from the story of a man who abandoned all he previously had in order to seek enlightenment and happiness through Zen Buddhism. In essence, he was trying to escape from the life of suffering he was currently living. He is receiving from harada-roshi what can be regarded as one of the core beliefs of the Buddhist religion. That is that every person has the ability to be a wise as the Buddha, but he can only achieve it through discipline. The Hindu term Moksha refers to the release from the finitude that restricts a person from the limitless being, consciousness and bliss their heart’s desires. This form of existence combines what many people if not all ultimately desire. The feeling of being, the acquisition of knowledge and the absence of discomfort all combine to give what can be referred to as Moksha (Smith 20). Simply put, it means breaking free from the continuous cycle of life and death, becoming one with the cosmos (Brahman) and achieving a level of complete awareness and joy. Nirvana or Satori in Buddhism is a state where a person had removed all boundaries and cravings which limit a person to only the Self (Smith 21). It is a state in which there is no longer any suffering (Hesse 33). Unlike Moksha, Nirvana is not only the enlightenment of a person after death, but also a state which is attainable during a person’s lifetime (Smith 114). The person sees everything in the world as equal to himself and can relate with everything (Hesse 130). It is

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