spiritnoname wrote:Tonight I was at a grocery store with my mom.
I noticed a very old lady in a wheel chair being pushed around by what seemed to be her granddaughters, likely that was the most exciting thing she had done for a while as it is so hard for her to move around.
I noticed a old lady, overweight, with a protective cast on one leg, walking with crutches. I doubt she had much of a family and it reminded me so much of a injured animal in the wild, dragging it's legs and with no support soon to die alone from lack of necessities.
I thought about my mom and how she was similar, she is overweight and is having one joint problem after another and is constantly going in and out of casts. I also thought about how I am similar and if I live long enough I will have to face the same aging process and all the frailty that comes with it.
I realized there is nothing for this, it just can't be avoided, and the suffering, seeing our bodies decay, and even losing loved ones, not knowing where they're going, can only be eased by putting a end to samsaric activity, becoming an Arhant or Buddha.
This sounds so generic, something a Buddhist would say, but I'm actually really afraid.
spiritnoname wrote:<< been dead before.
I'm not afraid of the death per say, but the stuff that comes before it and the separation from loved ones.
Inge, your view is actually a very common one. Buddha Shakyamuni called it intoxication, said that many are intoxicated by youth. When you get older, when you start seeing death first hand, when the aches and pains come, when you loose teeth and hair, when your limbs become fragile like brittle wood, then the intoxication of youth will be over because you see the process of decay with your body.
spiritnoname wrote:In Buddhism the primary teaching is karma, that actions have their results, when this comes so does this, phenomenon are interdependent things relying on two or more things coming together in contact. When you do things skillfully, with heedfulness, fearing the consequences, bringing about good states, you have good results, the finality of this fabricated path of karma is the deathless.
Your view might be pleasant for now Inge, but I see fault in it because it is heedless, denying actions matter, and does not put an end to suffering.
Like when we hold any deluded views, we see in line with them,.. in the same way, you see in line with your view, I've pointed out the faults of this view, now it's up to you to challenge your views, check the results, check it against your experience, and ask wise people if it is blameworthy or praiseworthy.
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