Religion Project




Choose another culture, past or present and research how the view death?


The culture/religion I have chosen is Buddhism.In the teaching of the Buddha, all of us will pass away eventually as a part in the natural process of birth, old-age and death and that we should always keep in mind the impermanence of life.  The life that we all cherish and wish to hold on.To Buddhism, however, death is not the end of life, it is just the end of the body we have in this life, but our spirit will still remain. It is natural to grieve the loss of family members and others we knew, as we adjust to living without their presence and missing them as part of our lives. The death of a loved one, or even someone we were not close to, is a sad time and as time goes by and the people we know pass away along the journey of life, we are reminded of our own death in waiting. According to Buddhism all that occurs in our lives is a result of Karma.  Every action creates a new karma, this karma or action is created with our body and our speech. If we had a good and positive first life then our lives in the next world would be quite pleasant. If we had a bad and negative life towards others in our first life our life in the next world would be filled with sorrow and pain.

•Heaven. In Buddhism there are 37 different levels of heaven where beings experience peace and long lasting happiness without suffering.

•Human life. In Buddhism we can be reborn into human life over and over, either wealthy or poor beautiful or not so beautiful.

•Asura. A spiritual state of Demi-Gods but not the happy state experienced by the gods in the heavens. The Demi-Gods are filled with jealousy, because unlike humans, they can  see the gods in the heavens above them.


•Hungry Ghost. This spiritual realm of those who committed excessive amounts of evil deeds and who are obsessed with finding food and drink which they cannot experience and then remain unsatisfied and tortured by the experience.

•Animals. This realm is visible to humans and it is where spirits of humans are reborn if they have killed animals or have committed a lot of other evil acts.  Animals do not have the freedom that humans would experience due to being a subject constantly hunted by humans,used in farming, and also used for entertainment.

•Hell. This realm is not visible to humans. It is a place where there is a constant state of searing pain and a variety of horrific torture chambers. Those with a great deal of negative Karma can remain in such places for many of years.



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