About the Wheel of Life
The Wheel of Life is a representation of the
teaching on the suffering and impermanence of cyclic existence.
The Wheel of Life in Buddhism
Dharma Wheel and Noble Eightfold Path
Dalai Lama of Tibet, the Winner of
the Nobel Piece Prize, explains the differences between the Buddhist and
Western approaches to life,
"In modern Western society, there seems to be a
powerful cultural conditioning that is based on science. But in some
instances, the basic premises and parameters set up by Western science can
limit your ability to deal with certain realities.
For instance, you have the constraints of the
idea that everything can be explained within the framework of a single
lifetime, and you combine this with the notion that everything can and must
be explained and accounted for. But when you encounter phenomena that you
cannot account for, then there's a kind of tension created; it's almost a
feeling of agony. In Western psychology there may be a tendency to
overemphasize the role of the unconscious in looking for the source of one's
This stems from some of the basic assumptions
that Western psychology starts with: for instance, they do not accept the
idea of imprints being carried over from a past life.
And at the same time
there is an assumption that everything must be accounted for within this
lifetime. So, when you can't explain what is causing certain behaviors or
problems, the tendency is to always attribute it to the unconscious.
bit like you've lost something and you decide that the object is in this
room. And once you have decided this, then you've already fixed your
parameters; you've precluded the possibility of its being outside the room
or in another room.
So you keep on searching and searching, but you are not
finding it, yet you continue to assume that it is still hidden somewhere in
Buddhism can accept many of the factors that
the Western theorists can come up with, but on top of that it would add
additional factors. For example, it would add the conditioning and imprints
from previous lives.”
Positive Affirmations for Success
I am divinely guided in all that I do.
The energy that is always moving tirelessly
throughout the universe also moves through me...