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  1. It is impossible to give a clear answer to this question. In the Buddhist sutras, the world is perceived as “engulfed in the fire” of impermanence. Everything that is impermanent is essentially passive, which means that there is not a single thing in the world that you can rely on, except for the Buddha Dharma.

    To describe the place where the creature is waiting for its executioner – prison is suitable. This executioner may come at any moment, but we, who are living our days, are too relaxed and naively believe that if the executioner did not come yesterday, then he will not come today or tomorrow.

    By executioner, I mean, of course, death.

  2. This is how the world views any religion where there is a more or less concrete idea of posthumous existence, of “life after death”. Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism are no different in this sense from Buddhism and Hinduism.

    The most adequate idea of the world and life, close to the positivist one, exists, perhaps, only in Taoism. There, however, the emphasis is not on the accumulation of lifetime merits, which will later bring you some afterlife buns, but on how to better organize this current life without contradicting the Tao…)

    In fact, this is why the famous picture “Tasting Vinegar” shows the founder of Taoism smiling, unlike Buddha and Confucius. He understands that there will be nothing but vinegar – so drink what you were given…) �

    It would be interesting, by the way, to put Christ, Mohammed and Moses next to this barrel of vinegar and see their expressions… Anyone who has any thoughts about their possible emotions, write in the comments…)


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  3. Not so much a prison as a place where there is too much suffering, too much desire. According to the Eastern view of the cosmology of worlds there are several levels of worlds:

    – MahaPari-Nirvana


    – Upper Casual World without forms.

    – Heaven of Brahma's love.

    – The world of Devas.

    – A world of Rage where Asuras live, feuding with maidens.

    – The world of people (our world).

    – Animal world.

    – A world of hungry pret and narak spirits.

    – Cold and hot hells, hell of needles, Vajra Hell (Eternal Hell).

    In addition, there are a lot of intermediate ones. The lower worlds are characterized by very strong desires and hunger of the beings residing there, and at the same time the inability to satisfy these desires. In evil spirits, this aspect is so strong that it cannot be controlled. The world of animals is full of cruel laws, they are stupid and also full of desires such as hunger, being essentially in thrall to this desire. The world of people is approximately in the middle, there is a lot of pain and desires as well, but a person, although hardly able to satisfy his desires and even overcome them, if he is a very strong yogi. Asuras and devas are many times stronger than humans, their incarnations last for millennia, but even they have desires and strong ambitions. In the Brahma heaven, beings live completely happily, but they have not yet got rid of the necessity of rebirth, and even these places are subject to the cycles of destruction of the universe. In the world of forms, beings have no desire, the world of forms is not subject to the destruction of the universe, there are no bodies, they are not limited by distances, they all live as clumps of thought in essence, but they have tendencies and individual characteristics that also cause their existence to cease and return to lower worlds. Beings live there for an incalculable number of kalpas, which is like an infinity, but still not infinite. The Buddha described the world of forms as an infinite space that could fit on the tip of a single needle. In Nirvana, birth is annihilated, consciousness is essentially terminated. It is the only way out of the chain of rebirths.

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