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Offline OnionA

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i'm scared about death
« on: April 14, 2020, 02:12:05 pm »
Thanks in advance, I was a Christian escape to Buddhism to find comfort, from harmful ideas like hell, condemnation, guilt, I practiced Zen Buddhism just sitting, I felt good, until I read part of the Pali Canon, in which I mentioned hell, I was horrified I wanted to leave Buddhism, but I trust that they are only metaphors, does hell really exist? or something similar? There are no punishments in life or in Buddhism? Will we all be saved in the end?

What happens after death is the same for everyone?

If hell is real only people like Hitler go? Is it a place of constant torture? Will any Bodhishiva save us as the text mentioned? They are fast?

If I don't kill anyone? I am safe, And if I kill just by thinking, sometimes I hate people! I mean not in reality, only fiction,

I think that some hatred is healthy, in short my friend committed suicide,  her is not very good person, but it was not bad enough to be shocked, on top of committing suicide, is she safe? what awaits her?

First of all she was human, did Buddha mention hell? I do not think that a being all love has mentioned it, will we all be saved? what to do? How to know if I am in heaven or hell? Even if I made mistakes? Can those errors be repaired or am I going to direct hell? in the end they are just fictions right? no hell!? Thanks I wait for your answer? Greetings, Super nice if you reply.  :bow:  poor english sorry

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If I am bad, will I go to hell? What if I am only bad in thought and not in act? Can I do bad things to release the stress and relax or not, and let them go? or I'll go to hell for that too, is it okay to feel anger, rage and evil, is it normal, no hell for that? And if I'm just spontaneous, even if it's bad, I'm going to hell, it's not like I want bad thoughts to come out alone.

Painting devilish things is wrong, I am an artist and I like to express myself lastly, if I am not a Buddhist, do I run the risk of going to hell? Or just to stop being good even if I don't hurt anyone, but I write or draw about those things, do I share them as therapy and philosophy of life? will I go to hell? What can I do better? And why not? And if I do, I can rest easy I can rectify it or leave it like that, I am human and I make many mistakes, thanks guys!


If I can't avoid being bad what do I do? I'm spontaneous sometimes good, bad, person, what can I do? If I end up in hell, what consolation do I have left? They will torture me every second? I am very afraid!

How do I know I'm on the right path without being a Buddhist? It is to much study.

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I can't be good all of a sudden, is ok bad guy sometimes? is human right? no Hell for that? Being a little bad is fine, no hell, right? I need it is part of me. I can not hold back I get ulcers I tried being a Christian and it was horrible more hate and more evil.





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Re: i'm scared about death
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2020, 11:11:13 am »
The Buddhist concept of Hell is one I find comforting. We have to pay for every action we've incurred either in this realm or another but nothing is eternal. Likewise Buddhism is not a salvation religion, one has to abide by an ethical code and take full responsibility for our actions which cannot be absolved or relinquished.

Offline Ron-the-Elder

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Re: i'm scared about death
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2020, 08:45:38 am »
My understanding is that we create our hells & heavens by route of our intentions and intentional actions. 

No karmic consequence is in any way permanent or avoidable.  Therefore we are advised to think about them before we act.
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Re: i'm scared about death
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2020, 10:43:47 am »
If one believes in rebirth or reincarnation, why fear death? I certainly have no death wish, but the biggest thing there's to fear about your death is how it will affect your loved ones who stay behind.

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Re: i'm scared about death
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2020, 04:51:34 am »
Thanks in advance, I was a Christian escape to Buddhism to find comfort, from harmful ideas like hell, condemnation, guilt, I practiced Zen Buddhism just sitting, I felt good, until I read part of the Pali Canon, in which I mentioned hell, I was horrified I wanted to leave Buddhism, but I trust that they are only metaphors, does hell really exist? or something similar? There are no punishments in life or in Buddhism? Will we all be saved in the end?

If I am bad, will I go to hell? What if I am only bad in thought and not in act?

If I can't avoid being bad what do I do? I'm spontaneous sometimes good, bad, person, what can I do? If I end up in hell, what consolation do I have left? They will torture me every second? I am very afraid!

How do I know I'm on the right path without being a Buddhist? It is to much study.

and the most important

I can't be good all of a sudden, is ok bad guy sometimes? is human right? no Hell for that? Being a little bad is fine, no hell, right? I need it is part of me. I can not hold back I get ulcers I tried being a Christian and it was horrible more hate and more evil.

There's a lot to unpick here OnionA. Luckily you don't need to believe any of that stuff to be a Buddhist. No heaven or hell or punishment or anything like that. What you read in the Pali Canon is mostly stories written to put over a point, but most of it can be ignored without getting off the path. Going to hell in other religions is just a story designed to impose the world view of those religions, so everyone shares the same understanding. of course it's a pretty good threat to hold over people. Not bad if you are into such abuse.

Buddhism doesn't need any of that as it is about your personal journey and development through meditation and following the path. It's about you developing your own insights into the nature of reality, backed by interpretations the Buddha came up with. As an artist you will appreciate that your creative interpretations will be useful and enhanced by the practice. View hell as an artistic interpretation of one possible view of reality amongst many and you won't go far wrong.
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka

 


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