Tibet Essay

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Death and Wisdom The Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Epicurus Reader have some similar and some different aspects about death and wisdom. In writing this short essay, my purpose will be to discuss only the central core of fundamental similarities and differences. Many of the features I will be discussing will be the result of my own experiences as I read the Tibetan book of the dead and the Epicurus reader. The process of comparison and contrast emphasizes the need for real world applications and the relevance to everyday life and indicates its remarkable problem solving power over time The Tibetans’ believe that our human existence is a false reality. Our senses are only a misguided representation of our human existence. We live in this world to prepare ourselves properly for the Bardo (the journey between death and the rebirth). Buddhist’s, however do not want to be reborn in this plane of existence but want to attain the ultimate, the enlightenment. They believed true wisdom comes from living the teachings and by being compassionate. Epicurus also believed in a humble, compassionate life. He and his followers wanted to help us to make our journey on this world as pleasurable as they could. Excess of sex, money or other worldly pleasures was not practiced. They believed wisdom was to be attained by believing in our senses through the noble act of reasoning. Their beliefs in death were quite different from the Tibetan Buddhist’s. The Epicurean belief was in there being no existence at all after the human experience. This was a totally opposing viewpoint for them. The two books are also similar in the following ways. The Tibetan Book of the Dead uses the teachings to reflect on their existence and live their lives humbly. They must avoid attachment to the materialist world to claim wisdom. Their lives are to be lived with compassion and faith. They learn

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