Death And Dying Well According To Buddhaghosa And

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Death and Dying Well According to Buddhaghosa and Montaigne “To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one. Let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it, let us have nothing more often in mind than death...we do not know where death awaits us so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom...a man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave”(Montaigne). In his insightful essay, Montaigne expounded on the results of his philosophical inquiries about death. According to Montaigne, the purpose of living is to prepare oneself for the final act of dying, where one is freed from the outward appearances that he projects, and, in turn, will reveal his true self. Montaigne added that all the pretenses or affectations are reduced to insignificance as a person faces his or her demise. Therefore, it is crucial that one learns how to die. To die well, one must live well – to not fear death and to follow all things in life honestly, and take great pleasure in the celebration of life and living. Montaigne adhered that the culmination of a person’s being is when he faces his end. Whether he crumbles under resolve or faces death with courage is the most significant feat that a person will achieve throughout his or her lifetime. In this respect, Buddhaghosa and Montaigne shared the same beliefs. Like Montaigne, Buddhaghosa believed that death is more than physical dying or the “cutting of one’s life-force” (87). For Buddhaghosa, there are eight sides where the concept of death is viewed. The adoption of this view by a person is dependent upon the manner in which that person views his or her existence, as well as the nature of the relationship with the person who is dying. With the application of such views, one would be able to

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