Essay on The Spiritual Truth Of The Buddha

2144 Words Dec 18th, 2016 9 Pages
The Buddhist understanding of consciousness is that it’s an impermanent phenomenon, dependent upon the senses. All phenomena are dependently arisen so there is no unchanging realm beyond our world of change. Buddhist discourses emphasize the four noble truths, the three characteristics, dependent arising, and no-self. The doctrine of dependent arising challenges the metaphysical worldview of the Brahmanical tradition. The Buddha rejected the Brahmanist transcendental metaphysics because Everything that exists is a connection of causal factors so all phenomena are impermanent. They agreed with the Buddha that the world of normal human experience is changing. They also established a transcendent, changeless, monistic, Ultimate Reality (Brahman) that stands behind the changing world. The highest spiritual truth in Brahmanism is that all existence ultimately comes from one changeless thing and a person’s essence is identical to it.
Dependent arising explains that there is no-self. There is a middle way between the extremes of absolute reality and metaphysical nihilism. The Buddha describes the middle way between the extremes of "eternalism" and "annihilationism," which is dependent arising. The tenfold formula of dependent arising reasons how suffering arises. Suffering is a matter of causal connections. Psycho-physicality and consciousness are said to be dependent on the each other (or “mutually conditioning”). Two aspects of dependent arising condition each other, which are…

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