Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving and the Buddha

On this Thanksgiving Day, I thought it appropriate to remind all of the teachings of the Buddha: Suffering is caused by craving, but if you stop craving, you stop suffering.


normajean said...

But to summarize our dear friend, John Piper. Our cravings will never cease until we rest solely in God.

Ilíon said...

Didn't ol' Buddha *really* say that suffering is a function of entertaining the illusion that you actually exist? And, thus, that cessation of suffering follows from ceasing to crave existence?

philip m said...

To be honest, I think hunger and tiredness are just withdrawal symptoms of our addictions to food and sleep. Get past those addictions, and then you're free to live.

Hope you had a happy thanksgiving, Victor!

Anonymous said...

Maybe 'Existence' itself is an arbitrary concept. Maybe 'Existence' is a convenient, conventional truth.

Ilíon said...

"conventional truth" = "not actual truth"

Moreover, if there does not exist actual truth, then Brian's question is incapable of conveying meaning.

Oddly enough, Brian's question both:
1) cannot be asked without denying that there exists actual truth; or, at minimum, cannot be asked without denying that we can *know* actual truth
2) cannot convey any meaning unless there exists actual truth, and we can know actual truth.