Impermanence In Buddhism

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Within Buddhism the key beliefs of impermanence and selflessness are reinforced as integral parts of human experience through various rituals and ethical teachings. In particular, the ritual of Vesak and bioethical teachings are significant in reminding individual Buddhist adherents of the importance of celebrating Buddha, as well understanding that all human experience undergoes a constant transformation towards enlightenment. Integral aspects of Vesak rituals reflect these principal beliefs of anikka and anatta and bio-ethical teachings about abortion and euthanasia reinforce the Buddhist ideal of accepting dukkha as a first step towards ultimately understanding that ‘Impermanence is the constant transformation of things.’

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It is important to the lives of adherents as one of the essential doctrines of The Three Marks of Existence. Vesak is an opportunity to acknowledge the path of Buddha, it is the opportunity for Buddhist adherents to be determined to follow it on their own personal journey. The puja of Vesak is based on The Three Jewels of Buddhism that links individuals to Anatta which is the belief of non-self or the absence of a self. In regard to this, the circumambulation of Buddha requires Buddhist believers to move around Buddha three times in representation of each Jewel. According to Thich Nhat Hanh “practicing mindfulness, concentration and insight, walking the Noble Eightfold Path as the path of happiness in the present moment, has become only a very small part of Buddhism as it is practiced today”. According to the statement it is bad that Buddhists are not as devoted to their priority practice of the Noble Eightfold Path as it defies the whole purpose of being a Buddhist. During Vesak, a Dharma talk takes place and gathers Buddhists as a community. The Dharma is the sacred cosmic law and order and is applied to the teachings of Buddha. The talk is usually spoken by Thich Nhat Hanh who is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, peace activist and spiritual leader. It is to accord perfectly with the spirit of the Dharma and respond perfectly to the situation in which it is given. As the Dharma talk gathers devoted Buddhists, it gives them a “foundation on which life is built”. The Dharma talk reinforces the idea that we are not ‘lone-self’ but we are all integrally connected. This is essential to the Buddhist experience, it teaches adherents that we are all one and Vesak reminds Buddhists of this. Therefore, Vesak has a great spiritual impact on Buddhist adherents in regard to the human experience within individual’s

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