September 19, 2004

The Cycle Of Life In Paganism & Buddhism

The Celtic knot twists and turns, but never ends. It perfectly represents the continual cycles of nature, as well as the process of birth, death and rebirth. Similarly, the Buddhist Wheel Of Life (Samsara) highlights the same procedures.

The differences in each traditions' philosophy, is that in Buddhism, Buddha teaches the Dharma as the key to escaping from the continual suffering found in the cycle of life. This is represented in Thanka paintings of the Wheel, where Buddha is found standing outside it, whilst pointing to the moon - a symbol for the Dharma. Pagans, on the other hand, live life freely and embrace the cycle with zeal.

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