<% PageName = "WebSite" %> ::: His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, The Supreme Patriarch of the Thai Sangha :::
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His Holiness' view on Heaven and Hell

... His Holiness two books on heaven and hell are truly analytical view on the subject from a Buddhist point of view. As we are so familiar, in religious sphere, the concept of heaven and hell is a very prominent belief. In many cases, it becomes the goal of religious practice itself. On this very subject, His Holiness critically analyses that the very concept and belief of heaven and hell in Buddhism is a cultural influence of indigenous culture and belief. He states: (I quote) the subject of cosmology appeared in Buddhism is clearly can be seen that it is not Buddhist teaching at all but an ancient geography. The concept and belief about it was included in Buddhist Canon merely because of strong influence of popular belief of the time. Later Commentaries further explain about heaven and hell in a greater detail distant itself from the original teaching of the Buddha. If Buddhism teaches such belief on heaven and hell it would not be Buddhism at all but an ancient geography. Buddha wouldnt be the Buddha who delivered the Noble Truth and timeless message for mankind. (p. 1) (end of the quote) He then shows in his teaching that the concept of heaven and hell in Buddhism are in fact symbolic, representing the quality of mind and spirituality instead. One can be in heaven and hell in this very earth and life. No need to wait until one dies...*

* Copied from Sunday Dhamma Talk
of 28th September 2008
by Ven. Dr. Anil Sakya.
Read the full article here.



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