Death according to Buddhism

I’ve recently come across an author for American Thinker, Robin of Berkley. I absolutely love her work and story telling style. Here is an ex-script from her post titled “Tiger, the Buddha, and me”:

Here’s my favorite story about the Buddha: A grieving young mother from a poor background begged him to revive her dead son. Not only was she heartbroken, but she feared her husband’s wealthy family would punish and shun her for the child’s death.

The Buddha promised to bring the boy back to life if she returned with a mustard seed from a home where death had never visited. She thanked him profusely and set off for town.

The young mother knocked on door after door and heard heartbreaking stories of loss. Finally, she grasped the Buddha’s teaching: that sorrow is a part of life. She returned, bowed deeply to the Buddha, and asked him to help her bury her child.

It’s too bad that the mother didn’t visit Jesus’s home. While He may not have given her a mustard seed, He might have given her faith of about the same size1. That faith might have been large enough to move mountains, including the mountain of death that we all face2. She might have also realized that while the Buddha is right, death has touched every house3, he was wrong in that death is not just a natural part of life. That we should just dispassionately accept it and move on.

Death is not natural4, it is the result of evil5. Not everyone has tasted death6, and even those who have are not without hope of having their condition reversed.7

The good news is that death will one day be defeated.8. Then, those of us who have decided to stand with Jesus will say:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
-Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:55

  1. Matthew 17:20 []
  2. Romans 6:23 []
  3. Including God’s own house. []
  4. Genesis 2:17 []
  5. James 1:15 []
  6. Hebrews 11:5 []
  7. John 3:16 []
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:26 []
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22 responses to “Death according to Buddhism

  1. "Death is not natural, it is the result of evil"

    You must be joking…

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  3. "Ought" must come from somewhere else."

    Or, it might not come from anywhere at all.

  4. I believe the Buddha was right. Everything changes. We all will die. If you can SHOW me a person, who is still alive after say………500 years, then you've made your point.

    For me, it's a no brainer. We all die. The Buddha was simply pointing out what most everyone who experiences the loss of a loved one eventually recognizes- We all live, and we all will die. Everything changes. Instead of fighting change, learn from it. Don't fight the inevitable.

    The Buddha never taught ("That we should just dispassionately accept it and move on.") On the contrary, he taught that we should embrace life. We should all be present. Not obsessed with the ridiculous everyday, foolishness that most focus on.

    If you are grieving, grieve. It's excessive grieving that is counter productive. The loved one that passed would not have wanted you to waste the rest of your life grieving.

  5. this picture is not not about lord buddha!!

  6. When Jesus was crucified on the cross he did not have the ability or, any divine power to remove the nails and save his own life. How can anyone with a right mind can expect him to save other people's lives. I admit that Jesus was a very good man who had a vision that was good enough to be accepted during that era. Today we are not going to accept the theory that God acts in mysterious ways, and Jesus has taken all the sins upon him. What is this so called sin? Is it that Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit? Who created Adam & Eve, the one who created them must take over the responsibility for creating such people with the attitude of dis-obedience.

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