The Buddha was often asked why he did not answer the question of “is there an afterlife” in his teachings. His answer was always “You ask this question only because of your attachment. Lose this attachment and you will no longer ask”
Needless to say this was a very unpopular answer and the Buddha lost followers because he would not answer. Later, lesser men, attempted to answer it and conjured up all kinds of Buddhist Heavens and “Perfect Lands”. The Buddha never said anything more about the subject.
I, being a lesser man, have this answer to the question the Buddha never answered. It is my view and mine alone. Here it is:
The Examination of Life in the Context of Space-Time
All designed systems have a “purpose”. A watch, a space shuttle or a toaster oven … all have as their central characteristic a function.
There is an unbroken connection between every living thing on this planet from tube worms in the Pacific Rift to you and the first self replicating system. You are directly connected to every living thing on Earth both now and since the beginning.
Man can truly control nothing besides his own mind
Peace of mind begets peace of action
A man at peace will create peace, a man in love will create love, a man who suffers compassion will create compassion, a man who sees light will create light
Peace is unity
As man attains peace, the universe returns to oneness
By changing his mind, man changes the world
A wonderful submission by sangha member sneezymcfly. Thanks!
“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not…
“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear [that results] from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”