Posted by Sergio (22.214.171.124) on November 10, 2000 at 07:51:11:
In Reply to: asceticism posted by Susan Garvey on November 09, 2000 at 15:59:25:
Buddhism doesnít practice asceticism. The Buddha practiced it before become a Buddha, when he was Siddharta, and he discovered that escaping from your own body with these practices donít give you permanent happiness. He had discovered the same about the pleasures of life, as sex, food, etc. when he has a prince in his fatherís kindom. So when he discovered that either asceticism or mundane pleasures can give you permanent happiness, he decided to follow an equilibrated path, known in Buddhism as the Middle Way, which is a way of life for all Buddhist: you donít practice ascetics things but you donít exaggerate in mundane pleasures either. You keep an equilibrium.
For Buddhism the body is precious because it is part of the working basis to get enlightenment. Actually, the five Buddhist precepts are very linked to the body: not taking intoxicants (also alcohol), not killing, not laying, not stilling and not having harmful sex conduct. Under the Buddhist view, body deserves the best cares you can give to it.
I hope it be useful.
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