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Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:06 am
by alfa
:namaste:

A friend of mine told me: as long as we die, Buddhism will live. But once we become immortal, Buddhism will die.

Is this true? :anjali:

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:19 am
by DNS
alfa wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:06 am
A friend of mine told me: as long as we die, Buddhism will live. But once we become immortal, Buddhism will die.
How would we become immortal? Even if there were scientific and medical advances that allowed humans to live to age 300 or 500 or even 1,000 they would still die eventually. Organs could be replaced with mechanical ones as they deteriorate, but only to a point and if you changed your brain to a mechanical one, would it still be you? :tongue:

Even if it were possible to make humans immortal, they could still die from traumatic incidents, including car crashes, plane crashes, shootings, etc.

And in the event that didn't happen, a large meteorite would hit the earth (eventually) or the sun will burn itself out in a super nova and subsequently all life on earth dies. (And Buddhism covers that one too, as beings would be reborn in another world system.)

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:39 am
by Pondera
I think he might mean the “deathless”.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:56 am
by thomaslaw
One of the Buddha's teachings, mindfulness, is currently being used for mental health.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:21 am
by Volo
alfa wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:06 am
A friend of mine told me: as long as we die, Buddhism will live. But once we become immortal, Buddhism will die.

Is this true?
Since in many suttas Buddha said that death is unavoidable, becoming immortal would in a way refute Buddhism. Maybe that is what your friend meant.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:06 am
by Garrib
No, the Buddha Gotama's dispensation will gradually fade away and beings will still be subject to death.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:00 am
by SarathW
There were many past Buddhas and many more to come in the future.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:34 pm
by sunnat
The dhamma doesn't die. It's there even without a buddha sasana. Private buddhas continue to exists. That which has become called buddhism may not be the dhamma as a buddha taught and may very well continue to exist sans a buddha sasana.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:16 pm
by Buddho93
SarathW wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:00 am
There were many past Buddhas and many more to come in the future.
Yes, the buddhadhamma dies out eventually until another Buddha arises in the world eons and eons afterwards who will rediscover and teach the dhamma.

Everything is impermanent including Buddhism 😶

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:56 pm
by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta
alfa wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:06 am
:namaste:

A friend of mine told me: as long as we die, Buddhism will live. But once we become immortal, Buddhism will die.

Is this true? :anjali:


Thanks.

Seems ridiculous at first. However, i think it is a beautiful poem with deeper meanings.

Re: Will Buddhism die?

Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:08 pm
by thepea
Yes, stream entry.