here's a real question.
In the realm of christian thought - it could be said that those who suffered while on earth receive the reward of 'heaven'
In the realm of buddhist thought - could the same be said of those who suffered while on earth were brought into "nirvana" ? . . .
Or is buddhist thought totally different? . .
Christ was a martyr, but we see martyrdom as an excess. Specifically it lacks wisdom.
Buddha taught that suffering is a universal mark of existence, therefore it cannot determine your destiny. All sentient beings suffer and they continue to suffer until they see the truth.
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