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Four IllusionsCandrakirti's Advice to Travelers on the Bodhisattva Path$
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Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151138

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151135.001.0001

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Rejecting the Illusion of Permanence

Rejecting the Illusion of Permanence

(p.111) 6 Rejecting the Illusion of Permanence
Four Illusions

Karen C. Lang (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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