Friday, 17 June 2011

Buddhism and Reality - Dependent Origination

Buddhism has originated from a mixture of doctrinal/philosophical traditions, each having its own view on what is reality.

Some views of Buddhist reality in Buddhism relate to the issue of dependent origination whilst others relate to that of beyond cause and effect.

In Buddhism what we perceive as reality is regarded as illusory not in that reality is a fantasy or not real, but that our perceptions make us believe that we are separate from the world that made us. Reality in Buddhist thought can be regarded as the good that we do (karma).

Other schools of Buddhism (e.g., Dzogchen), consider what we perceive as reality as literally unreal. Put astutely by one Buddhist monk - he opined “In a real sense, all the visions that we see in our lifetime are like a big dream” and he was referring to all of our six senses not just visual.

Read more about this fascinating subject over at Wikipedia - Buddhism and Reality.

“We live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a reality. We are that reality. When you understand this, you see that you are nothing, and being nothing, you are everything. That is all.”

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