Buddhist philosophy has helped radio, television and comedy star Meshel Laurie survive many life crises.
But when she found herself facing the end of her nineteen-year marriage, she realised there were no Buddhist books about break-ups. Using Buddhism as a roadmap for navigating the fear, loneliness and grief of a broken heart, Meshel explains how the concepts of Emptiness and Impermanence can help us to see things clearly.
He works and struggles very hard to attain happiness, very often without knowing exactly what happiness means because of his ignorance of the nature of life.
Although all religions provide advice and guidelines for their adherents to practice in order to attain happiness in life, more often than not, these advices and guidelines are ignored owing to man's craving, hatred and illusion.
Significantly Buddhaghosa lived around the same time as St Augustine of Hippo came forth with his anti-sex and anti-women trope in the Catholic Church.
It is interesting that in all writings of patriarchy and misogyny related to India, scholars quote the , with its concern for kingship, was written in post-Mauryan times.
The pre-Buddhist Vedic rituals speak of female sexuality in positive terms as they are concerned primarily with fertility and wealth-generation.
The pre-Buddhist do not bother much with gender relations and are more interested in metaphysics.
Very often, we consider childhood days to be a period of happiness.
Arguments of oral traditions and astrology-based dating that place Ram to pre-Buddhist times appeal only to nationalists, not historians.
were written in the Gupta era when Brahmins played a key role in legitimising kingship in much of peninsular India.
We could, of course, argue that that most educated Buddhists were originally Brahmins and so transplanted Hindu patriarchy into Buddhism, that the Buddha had no such intention.
We can insist that Vedas and only the Vedas, are the source of misogyny.