Will Buddhism die?

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Will Buddhism die?

Post by alfa » 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:

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by DNS » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:19 am

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.)

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by Pondera » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:39 am

I think he might mean the “deathless”.
What is “rupa” Jhāna? Here are four simple meditations on earth, water, fire, and wind - leading to tranquility and pleasure, rapture and equanimity - peacehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1sdgpi ... hIz3wgz7ep

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by thomaslaw » Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:56 am

One of the Buddha's teachings, mindfulness, is currently being used for mental health.

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by Volo » Wed Aug 14, 2019 3:21 am

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.
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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by Garrib » Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:06 am

No, the Buddha Gotama's dispensation will gradually fade away and beings will still be subject to death.

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by SarathW » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:00 am

There were many past Buddhas and many more to come in the future.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by sunnat » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:34 pm

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.

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by Buddho93 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:16 pm

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 😶

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by Sabbe_Dhamma_Anatta » Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:56 pm

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.
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  • "the one thing all the mistaken views have in common is the assump­tion that the self exists" ~ DN1
  • "It is an entirely and perfectly foolish idea" ~ MN22
  • The No-self doctrine is found only in the teaching of the Buddha.
  • No-self (anatta) means that there is no permanent, unchanging entity in anything animate or inanimate. ~ SN22.59

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Re: Will Buddhism die?

Post by thepea » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:08 pm

Yes, stream entry.

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