Don’t Fear the Reaper

For some, death is final. Others believe we have previously & will go on to live many lives – but what about you?

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Death, dark & not to be spoken of in case we tempt fate. In the West, death is portrayed by the skeletal black hooded figure armed with scythe otherwise known as ‘the reaper.’  Is it any wonder many of us are terrified of dying? But why do we view death this way? And why is death feared in the West but embraced in many other cultures? What’s your take on death?

Do you believe death is the end? Or The beginning of a whole new chapter?

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Are Trees Sentient?

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Some people believe trees to be sentient beings. Like for example the beautiful old oak that’s stood for hundreds of years. What must those trees have seen? Certain religious groups use trees as energy points believing them to possess magical healing powers but what actually makes them sentient?  In Buddhism, sentient beings are beings with consciousness, sentience, or in some contexts life itself. Sentient beings are composed of the five aggregates, or skandhas: matter, sensation, perception, mental formations and consciousness. Trees according to Buddhism, are qualitatively different from humans and sentient nonhumans, in that they are certainly alive, but they don’t have interests or the ability to learn from experience.  A tree may react to sunlight, water, the changing seasons and other stimuli etc but that does not necessarily mean it’s sentient.

What are your thoughts on the subject? Let’s have a conversation! – Are trees sentient beings? If so why?

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Is Religion Necessary?

Some would argue, most wars have been triggered by religion. Others ask – why if there’s a God, do wars etc happen at all?

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One thing’s for certain, in today’s dog eat dog society we need something to help bring our lives back into perspective – but is it religion? Are we capable of change without God? The Buddhist view, is that we humans are not only responsible for the state of the world, but also fully capable of putting it right.  Christians may argue we cannot do this without Gods help. What do you think?

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The God Dilemma

Many perceptions exist about the existence of God – who he is, what form he takes & how he created the world etc….

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It all depends I guess on which teachings you live by. Although Buddhism stands with a great respect for all religions, it doesn’t recognise God as creator. Here’s my dilemma on the existence of God which I hope you might help with…….

If as many believe, God created the Universe – where was he when he did so? If God is a person (Many address him as the Father) then from whom was he born? And doesn’t this imply the existence of a universe at the time of his birth? If as many believe, God is an energy Omnipotent & Omnipresent, where did that energy exist when it created itself?

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