• Buddhism elevates mystical experience to its decisive element. It is the key for the liberation from the painful cycle of rebirth, the Samsara.

    According to Buddhist thought it is our desires and our self-concern that keep us trapped in
    Samsara. If one recognises the transience of all things - including the human individual - the worthlessness of all earthly existence becomes evident and thus all desire attached to this world becomes baseless. All appearances are constantly changing parts of the all-encompassing whole. That we perceive things as fixed entities is due to our subjectively distorted way of seeing. To break through the latter one must overcome thinking in categories and reach a new level of consciousness. Then one can experience the “true reality” in which there are no differentiations any more. This experiencing of the essential unity of the world, the all-inclusive absolute, is called enlightenment.

    During Buddhism's 2,500-year history, different schools have formed, which teach different methods. Apart from exercises in meditation and mindfulness, which are central for all schools, some recommend asceticism and eremitism; others teach physical exercises, which may also include sexuality; others emphasise the importance of art.

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