Rejecting the Illusion of Permanence

Karen C. Lang

in Four Illusions

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195151138
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199870448 | DOI:
 Rejecting the Illusion of Permanence

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Chapter 6 attacks the mistaken apprehension of impermanent things as permanent by pointing out the impermanence of the human body. The first half of the chapter concentrates on the need for developing an awareness of impending death; the second half concentrates on another troubling aspect of death, namely grief over the death of loved ones. Candrakiriti criticizes Brahmins’ idealized views on family life and paints a dismal portrait of family men afflicted with domineering wives and ungrateful children. He concludes that the fear of death should motivate people to renounce lay life and adopt the religious life of a monastic.

Keywords: fear of death; grief; illusion of permanence; impermanence; renunciation

Chapter.  9441 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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