Name Professor Subject Date Differences between Buddhist and western approach of one’s problem sources According to Dalai Lama, the modern western society approach has cultural conditioning, based on sciences. However, parameters and premises set by science limits one’s ability to deal with reality…
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This is the assumption that everything can be accounted for. Buddhism is different from western approach ion that it believes that not all phenomenons can be accounted for. It accepts factors that western society comes up with although it adds some factors. It believes in imprints from past lives. According to Buddhism, the cause of one suffering or problem is ignorance. This approach assumes that pain and suffering can be avoided. This approach states that one inflicts more suffering by playing painful scenes in one’s mind. Happiness in relation to nature and nurture According to Dalai Lama, happiness is the ultimate goal of one’s life. He expounds that this goal is achievable and continues to explain that happiness is influenced by what one has, what happens to them. He states that the source of long-term ultimate happiness is from the mind. One should nurture their mind for happiness. He argues that the effective way of getting happiness is by nurturing the mind in ways of happiness (Lama & Cutler, 43). He adds that one should reclaim their innate happiness. This is achieved by assessing warm and compassion state of mind. He believes that the basic nature of a person is gentleness (Lama & Cutler, 52). ...
Desire also brings some negative things, but one has to be content to avoid negative desires. He suggests that one has to identify negative desires to cultivate positive desires. Maslow's hierarchy of needs comprises of four deficiencies of needs. The wants are arranged in sequence of priorities. Failure to meet these needs, one gets faced with anxiety and agony which bring about suffering. Maslow suggests that basic needs must be satisfied first in order to desire for secondary needs. This has a relation to Dalai Lama teachings on positive and negative desires. This is because, according to Dalai Lama one has to be content to avoid negative desire just like Maslow hierarchy of needs; one has to acquire basic needs first to desire secondary wants. Self created suffering Dalai Lama states that at times, one inflicts pain on one self. This suffering continues when one replays the painful scenes in the mind (Lama & Cutler, 150). Sometimes it may not be possible to avoid the situation that may cause suffering. However, one can modify the extent in which one suffers in the manner he or she responds to the situation (Lama & Cutler, 150-152). Dalai Lama regretted not being at his brother’s death. This shows the possibility of one facing life tragedy and how emotionally to respond. Dalai Lama suffered deep regrets but did not indulge in excess, self contempt or guilt. He accepted his limitations, therefore, modified the extent to which he suffered. According to Cutler, all things keep changing. Life is always a change and, therefore, refusing to accept this and resisting natural changes suffering will perpetuate. Analysing self image like how someone looked like before or what we did before but cannot be done
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