What do you see as a nobler goal?Myotai wrote:So, there is a state that can be attained that is perfect in every respect other than that it is temporary and ended by death of the body?
Still doesn't inspire me I am afraid. It might some though, I can see that.
Sounds a bit self centered too (dare I say). Striving to get this really cool state of mind, like a fantastic drug...then you die!
Hmmmm....not the noble goal thought it was
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the issue you bring up has been a sticking point for me in the past. But then I started to ask: why exactly am I uncomfortable with the possibility of cessation? Why is it more palatable to think that one ends up as a immortal Buddha living in a Buddha land for all eternity, or something along those lines?
And I think the answer has to do with desire for existence and aversion to non-existence. And this desire/aversion combo is what fuels dukkha. So the immediate problem is to work on this desire and aversion -- not get tangled up in mental knots over the post-mortem state of a Buddha...which we have no way of knowing anything about, since we're neither Buddhas nor dead. The task before us is to address the factors that generate dukkha, and cultivate the factors that generate sukha.
But anyway, to get back to my question...if cessation is an unsatisfactory end-point to the path, what would you see as a more satisfactory one?