Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shakespeare influenced by Buddhism


How was Shakespeare so profoundly influenced by Buddhism in all his writings?

One may well wonder how a dramatist in the Elizabethan age was able to anticipate by 300 years the knowledge of modern astronomy and geophysics.

Impermanence (anicca) and non-self (anatta) are illuminated in these lines, and the sharp distinction between phenomena and Noumea emerges unmistakably.

Any doubts as to the enlightenment achieved by fully developed intuition as compared with logical thinking should disappear.

This is the wisdom of the fully enlightened man, an attitude of detachment and the perception of cosmic truth:-

"Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. "…

Additional Details

@John Ashtone,
The above quote of Shakespeare shows no faith to liberate towards a permanent creator (like the baseless fabric of this vision).
A fully paid up Christian is subject to divert from impermanence and non-self, in order for self to seek judgement from the supremo.

Illuminate the human condition by being free from existence is Buddhism (true science).
'Avijja paccaya Sankhara' meaning ignorance (no-science) arises existence, thus arises this whole mass of suffering.
This is unconventional thought when the greedy man abuses science to innovate and exist using baseless systems.


No comments:

Post a Comment