.How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

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.How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

Post by terryluan » Wed Jun 10, 2020 9:25 am

Hello, I have a few questions and am hoping to get responses to include in my assessment. Include role as Buddhist, whether in Lait or Clergy and age if possible. References to sutras would be very helpful. Thank you



1.How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

2. How does karma affect an individual's afterlife?

3. What is the practice of meditation and how does it tie in with karma and the afterlife?

4. What is your worldview/ objective in life as a Buddhist?

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Re: .How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

Post by PadmaVonSamba » Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:43 pm

Why not ask Buddha?
This should probably answer all your questions.
From the Dhammapada:

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with an impure mind
And trouble will follow you
As the wheel follows the ox that draws the cart.

We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
Speak or act with a pure mind
And happiness will follow you
As your shadow, unshakable.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Abandon such thoughts and live in love.

In this world
Hate never yet dispelled hate.
Only love dispels hate.
This is the law,
Ancient and inexhaustible.

You too shall pass away.
Knowing this, how can you quarrel?

How easily the wind overturns a frail tree
Seek happiness in the senses,
Indulge in food and sleep,
And you too will be uprooted.

The wind cannot overturn a mountain.
Temptation cannot touch the man
Who is awake, strong and humble,
Who masters himself and minds the law.

If a man's thoughts are muddy,
If he is reckless and full of deceit,
How can he wear the yellow robe?

Whoever is master of his own nature,
Bright, clear and true,
He may indeed wear the yellow robe.

Mistaking the false for the true
And the true for the false,
You overlook the heart
And fill yourself with desire.

See the false as false,
The true as true
Look into your heart.
Follow your nature.

An unreflecting mind is a poor roof.
Passion, like the rain, floods the house.
But if the roof is strong, there is shelter.

Whoever follows impure thoughts
Suffers in this world and the next.
In both worlds he suffers
And how greatly
When he sees the wrong he has done.

But whoever follows the law
Is joyful here and joyful there.
In both worlds he rejoices
And how greatly
When he sees the good he has done.

For great is the harvest in this world
And greater still in the next.


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Re: .How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

Post by WesleyP » Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:45 pm

You prepare for Future Lives by practicing the Dharma.

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Re: .How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

Post by madhusudan » Sun Jun 14, 2020 5:30 am

I'll take a stab at it. I'm a lay Buddhist in my mid-40s.

1.How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

Avoiding negative actions and embracing positive actions, which are explicitly enumerated in Buddhism, are undertaken for the twofold goal of achieving a favorable rebirth and progressing towards enlightenment.

2. How does karma affect an individual's afterlife?

Positive actions result in rebirth in the three higher realms. Negative actions result in rebirth in the three lower realms. There are very specific teachings that go in depth on the results of particular actions and how they cause rebirth in specific states, such as the actions that lead to rebirth in all the different hells.

3. What is the practice of meditation and how does it tie in with karma and the afterlife?

There are many different kinds of meditation but what the general public tends to think of as meditation we call shamatha, or calm abiding. Its purpose is to develop concentration so that we are calm and undistracted. This allows us to maintain awareness as thoughts arise so that we are not carried away by them, and in turn are able to make wise decisions regarding our actions. This will result in positive karma and higher rebirth.

4. What is your worldview/ objective in life as a Buddhist?

I aim to view the world through the eyes of compassion and kindness though the meaning of these words are 'technical' within the Buddhist view and not necessarily the commonly held definition. The objective of the Mahayana is to attain perfect enlightenment in order to rescue beings from samsara.

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Re: .How do Buddhist beliefs of the afterlife morals, practices and everyday life of Buddhists?

Post by terryluan » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:52 pm

Thankyou very much for your responses. They have served both insightful and useful in my discovery of Buddhism.

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