The "Eternal Present: and KARMA
Apr 16, 1998 04:56 AM
by Thoa Thi-Kim Tran
>>I'm closer to theravada: pain is a law, not a result of breaking a law.
>>More precisely: life is pain. EVERYTHING that lives (including enlighted,
>>masters, angels, god, absolute, ... - if they exist) is in pain.
>>The only way out of pain is to stop with ANY form of living.
>>There is no happy end, just end.
>I think that even a Theravadin would agree that pain and
>pleasure are two sides of the same thing, and that both
>are transcended in Nirvana. The Christian desires paradise
>and the avoidance of hell. It can't be done. Both have to go.
Then again, maybe pleasure and pain are not transcended in Nirvana. The
Way Up is bliss, and the Way Down is suffering. Thus, pain and pleasure
does not end until we reach the Darkness of the Eternal Parent.
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