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Does Anything Survive Death The Buddha already enlightened and therefore having reached the state of Nirvana taught and explained many concepts and principles to his students He was released from the life cycle which every individual should seek to escape He said that in order to be released from the torture of reincarnation one must cease to desire for it is the failure to fulfill ones desires that causes ones misery He also explained that possessions and material things are all a delusion Since people are not born with belongings and do not die with them they are not really belongings but only burdens Even the body itself is not owned by the mind inhabiting it because it dies and decomposes as the soul goes on The body could be looked at as the prison of illness because there is a very fine line between health and sickness The mind however is eternal with thoughts and feelings In modern society the mind is not developed it is polluted and requires training Once one attains control of the mind one also attains control of the body and speech Then the truth will become apparent What becomes apparent is ones true essence Ones true essence is Buddha everyone has the potential to become Buddha In the present state of ignorance however people have developed a false sense of self According to the teachings of the Buddha the idea of self is an imaginary false belief which has no corresponding reality and it produces harmful thoughts of me and mine selfish desire craving attachment pride egoism and other defilements impurities and problemsSeven Dilemmas in World Religion It is these unconscious assumptions and false information about reality that cause people to become selfish and self centered therefore neglecting the fact that all people are actually pure energy and pure awareness People need to realize that they are living in a state of constant mental evolution and should focus
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