Theravada Buddhism's Meditations on Death and the Symbolism of Initiatory Death

  title={Theravada Buddhism's Meditations on Death and the Symbolism of Initiatory Death},
  author={George Dennis Bond},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={237 - 258}
  • G. Bond
  • Published 1 February 1980
  • History
  • History of Religions
Death has a paradoxical status in Theravada Buddism for it stands both at the heart of the human predicament and at the heart of the solution to that predicament. In Buddhist thought death constitutes an essential part of the human predicament; it is one of the central factors contributing to the imperfection of existence (dukkha); it is a pivotal reality in the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth (samsdra) that imprisons human beings. Despite this negative valuation of death, however, death… 
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