Buddhism Is The Highest State Of Enlightenment Essay

836 Words Nov 29th, 2015 4 Pages
Buddhism is a religion founded by Siddhartha Gautama as a reform movement within Hinduism .The teaching of Buddha is that life is filled with suffering caused by desire, that suffering vanishes when desire vanishes. That enlightenment obtained through right actions, wisdom and meditation releases one from desire and suffering and rebirth. All living beings are caught in samsara; the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, characterized by suffering. Tahna is thirst or craving which causes suffering, when one reaches Nirvana he or she is free from all suffering. “Nirvana is self-knowledge, equanimity, awakening, and ultimately salvation” (Buddhism p.38). Nirvana is the highest state that someone can reach, it is a state of enlightenment. Reaching Nirvana means a person has let go of individual desires so suffering go away and one doesn 't have to be reborn again. “Nirvana can only be reached from the human realm, because it is only in this realm that the realities of samsara and suffering can be fully understood and transcended” (Buddhism p.35). While we are living in this world we reach a point in our lives where we suffer either because of our thirst for bad things or because of things we have done. Karma is a "volitional action” it keeps us in samsara. It is an action, made up in the mind of a person, which has an effect in the future. The law of karma says that if you do well, you will experience good and if you live your life doing badly, you will experience…

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