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Identify the key contributors and principle issues of Eastern philosophy

A Letter from Buddha to his Disciple

You have asked of me for help in how to heal your father of his sickness . I appreciate that your father is a good and righteous man and you are blessed to have had a good man for a father . But I cannot take away his pain . That is something that no one can really do for if there is anything that is constant in every person 's life , it is suffering Life is suffering . That is one of the noble truths . Learn this and it

can just be the very thing that would bring you , your family , and even your father enlightenment . Also remember that sorcery and miracles promised by magicians will do you no good for it is against the Laws of Karma and can only bring harm

I have seen the suffering and ugliness caused by disease and the sadness caused by man 's mortality (Moore-Brooder , 2005 ,

. 499 ) Truly if one would compare the life I led with my family one would say I am truly favored by the gods . It can be a paradox how one 's blessings are defined by pain and suffering . It was only after bearing witness to the many instances and forms of suffering , that I sought fulfillment of my existence and ultimately , enlightenment

Man 's life is incomplete without pain . Even from the time of birth both mother and child experience pain . But once one has transcended pain , he becomes a new man and thus , reborn . I give you my story of the mother Gotami-tissa whose son succumbed to disease (Morgan , 1956 ,

. 23 ) She went from door to door seeking a miracle that would bring back her son 's life continually being told that such a thing was impossible . She came to me for help , wringing her hands and prostrating herself so that I may bring her son back to life . I asked her for mustard seeds . Not just any ordinary mustard seed , but she must collect seeds that came from homes that remained untouched by grief and death

Later on she came back to me and confessed that she was unable to get any seed for all the homes she visited have experienced death Death is not a circumstance special to just one person . It is unavoidable and constant . By understanding this , she was cured of her grief and has been able to continue living as a new woman

In my teachings I have continually mentioned man 's mortality his impermanence . Nothing on earth is permanent other than death . Its stealth is legendary and one never really knows when it will come . I urge you my son , to practice dharma in that your life may be fulfilled and protected from bad karma . For if you do no wrong , why should there be consequences ? Today we see many people doing everything within their power to attain their ambition . Some may perhaps reason out "it is not so wrong " but truly , if...

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