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Submitted by Rachana Suri on Wed, 5/11/2011, 12:38pm
Hope a four letter word
I wonder if the Buddha would think that “hope” was a four letter word. Or is it the way we allow the definition of hope to shape how we see our reality the one to analyze? Hope is defined as
“To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence”
“To feel that something desired may happen”
In the western culture hope that a desired outcome will lead you to a better place is our underlying mantra, in Buddhism though; it is taught that the best place is in the present. So if you are a Buddhist are we not supposed to have hope? No really I am asking, because hope and the Buddhist philosophy seem to be at odds.
Now we can say as a Buddhist there is hope that the future will be a certain way, preferably good, but then have we not already thought of a future moment, and that future moment would be better than now?
I was pondering this, this week and was really “hoping” to start a discussion. What does hope mean within the Buddhist philosophy, and can a Buddhist have hope?
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