Essentials of Buddhism by Ph.D. Vet. Pategama Gnanarama

By Ph.D. Vet. Pategama Gnanarama

Textual content of Dhamma with erudite statement. crucial for someone attracted to severe Buddhist research.

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Pleasure we anticipated vanishes, no sooner than it is produced, and new expectations then arise contributing to mental pain again. New acquisitions, which produce happiness and pleasure 37 for a certain period of time, give rise to disappointment, despair and frustration. Different Kinds of Happiness Buddhism speaks of different kinds of happiness. Monks’ happiness (pabbajjà-sukha) is contrasted with laymen’s happiness (gihi-sukha). In the same way happiness of sensual enjoyment (kàma-sukha) is contrasted with happiness of renunciation (nekkhamma sukha).

Because the internal and external conflicts that one has to face throughout one’s life are signified by the concept of suffering in Buddhism, some are of the opinion that ‘conflict’ is the best English word that carries full import of the Pali word. To a greater extent, the cultivation of right attitude to life will ease some of the suffering that one has to encounter, because it is obvious that wrong attitude to life contributes much of the suffering. Feeling of something lacking looms large in our lives.

X, 129 41 sonal and free from mythological elements. It was the unitary world ground, the First Cause as they thought. During the time of Upanisads, many speculative theories were formulated to explain the nature of soul. As described in the Chandogya Upanisad, soul is free from death, free from sorrow, and having real thoughts. Then, the soul was recognised as the physical personality, which is seen reflected in a pan of water. But this physical personality, it is argued on empirical grounds, is subject to death; therefore it cannot be soul.

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