‘Death and Transfiguration’


 
Buddhist scholar Rahula Walpola on the Buddha’s teaching: "What we call
death is the total nonfunctioning of the physical body. Do all these
forces and energies stop altogether with the nonfunctioning of the body?
Buddhism says, ‘No’. Will, volition, desire, thirst to exist, to
continue, to become more and more, is a tremendous force that moves
whole lives, whole existences, that even moves the whole world. This is
the greatest force, the greatest energy in the whole world. According to
Buddhism, this force does not stop with the nonfunctioning of the body,
which is death; but it continues manifesting itself in another form,
producing reexistence, which is called rebirth."–p. 33 of /What the
Buddha Taught/ (1974

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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