Essay about To Live Is to Suffer - a Hindu/Buddhist Perspective

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Once this procedure has been completed (according to Hinduism), all is forgiven. Buddhism’s Perspective on Suffering According to McIntyre, human suffering comes from association with the unpleasant. When our earthly desires (financial wealth, well-mannered children, happy marriage, etc.) are thwarted in this way, we suffer. The Buddha talks of this suffering coming from ignorance. In other words, we do not know HOW to live a good life and take care of the issues of life (such as those I mentioned earlier). I agree with Ray McIntyre’s position on this issue. Ignorance is not bliss. One must have knowledge in the proper handling of the issues of Earthly life to properly dispose of them. As an personal example, I offer the family dispute I mentioned earlier. I tend to fly off the handle when I am unexpectedly ambushed with attacks on my personal business dealings. I now know that, unfortunately, some people cannot be trusted with sensitive information. One must be careful with the information one disseminates, be it legal, financial, medical, etc. This was a rather painful and expensive lesson for me to learn, but I have learned the lesson well.

How, then, do we end suffering and maintain inner peace? There are two ways. According to McIntyre, the Five Precepts (when properly applied to our lives) can go a