A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Buddhism is infinite potential exists in all

From the book of the last couple days, I came across the perfect rebuttal to those that say Buddhism is al negative or about suffering. As Buddha taught us all sentient beings have the same desire, to minimize pain, and to be happy. As we gain experience and knowledge, with practice we come closer to Nirvana. This can be summed up as every sentient being has the potential of infinite virtue and happiness.Things are neither identical no differentiated. In other words they are neither the same nor different. Regardless of our actions life goes on like the flow of water, it may move fast, it may slow down and cover wide expanses, it may drop as a waterfall, but eventually it reaches the ocean, where it will at some point evaporate form part of a cloud, traverse a distance, and fall as rain to start the cycle over again.So is our journey in life, we are born into a physical body, live, die, leave our physical existence and at some point return in a new body to start the cycle over again.Just as the drop of water may become a rain drop, a snowflake, a part of an iceberg, or a vapour, so do can our physical form change from one life to the next. The potential is still there, and if when we have the ability to choose actions we follow the teachings of the Buddha we will eventually achieve Nirvana.

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