Beyond the Pale of Vengeance by Kan Kikuchi

By Kan Kikuchi

This novel is a compelling tale of a Buddhist monk who undertakes a probably very unlikely activity so as to satisfy his religious function to aid these he had formerly harmed. It indicates how, within the strategy of changing his karma, he additionally transforms the lives of others. it's in line with the lifetime of a precise monk who lived throughout the 18th century in Japan and indicates that it doesn't matter what anyone has performed, together with homicide and theft, he can thoroughly flip his lifestyles round and comprehend the best fulfillment---the direct event of the everlasting, the Buddha Nature---and can then devote his existence to selfless carrier since it is his nature to take action.

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He then sat down under a tree – a pipal tree (botanical name ficus religiosa – sacred fig), and this tree has come to be known as the ‘Bodhi Tree’ or ‘Tree of Enlightenment’. He resolved then and there not to stir until he found peace and freedom from suffering. ” Upon enlightenment, at the end of this six day meditation, the Buddha touched the earth. The gesture conveys that the earth is witness to the Buddha’s enlightenment, and the symbolism also suggests that enlightenment is a grounded, and not a transcendent, experience; it is not other-worldly.

Again a similar scenario ensued. Gautama asked why he appeared the way he did and his driver explained that he was sick and what it meant to be sick. Gautama asked whether he too may become sick and the driver said yes, that we are all liable to get sick. Gautama once again returned, troubled, to the palace. On the third trip outside the palace Gautama saw a shrouded corpse attended by a crowd of mourners. He asked his driver what was going on and the driver said that the shrouded person had died.

A luxuriant palace life may offer comfort, as long as one can keep these eventualities out of mind, but not a remedy. But neither does any life outside the palace walls offer a remedy. In leaving the palace, Gautama chooses against a life of comfort as the best way to deal with the inevitabilities of sickness, old age and death. indd 21 2013-11-20 11:56 AM 22 Buddhism: A Philosophical Approach leaves to find a way to be at peace with these inevitabilities. Gautama’s palace life was likely as good an attempt as possible to evade old age, sickness, and death.

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