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(Hinduism and Buddhism) the endless cycle of birth and suffering and death and rebirth

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The Eightfold Path, or "middle way", represents the path from samsaric suffering towards nibbanic liberation in Buddhist teachings.
It is a mundane laugh that is confined within the samsaric world.
As part of the film diptych (the sequel was scheduled to appear on screens by the end of 2009, but it was never shot), the first part of Milarepa focuses on the samsaric life of Thopaga (23)--a demonic magician seeking satisfaction, punishment and justice through uncompromising vengeance.
"Dearest Druk Mo, although I am generally disgusted with this samsaric world, in modern society, one has to be a householder.
The specular omen pontificator of samsaric contingency.
Like the samsaric cycle of reincarnation, "resurrection" here damns us to repeating the same patterns endlessly and keeps us from transcendence.
We must struggle to create alternative realities--cultural interventions--in the samsaric world of passion, aggression, ignorance.
As Ellwood notes, Kerouac accuses "the average samsaric person of just wanting everything he's told to want by the high priests of consumerism, while he sits watching the same TV pablum and thinking the same thoughts as everyone else." (38) The fact that limited programming existed at that time is beside the point--the contemporary existence of cable, satellite TV, video, and similar technologies does little to counter Kerouac's critique--television style may change, but its substance remains vacuous and commercial: in Ben Giamo's words, "TV is the insidious extension of consumer capitalism into the living room and bedroom." (39)
It was clear to her to note this misery in life, the constant emotional ups and downs for one who is bound in this samsaric world.
In Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing (2003), Johnson equates, in a classic Buddhist gesture, the "mistaken belief in a separate 'self" (the issue pondered by Falcon above) with "the experiential realm of suffering and illusion, samsara." (26) From this point of view, Rutherford's existence in New Orleans was governed by samsaric illusions and characterized by what Johnson identifies as a "thirst (trishna) or selfish desire," which "aris[es] from attachment" and from the belief in a separate self whose needs can and should be pitted against the needs and selves of others.
I begin with our natural starting-point, that is, our experience of being a lived body, and see how, going through both religious and spiritual experiences of Christian Incarnation and samsaric Reincarnation, we might attain a renewed experience of our body as flesh.
One way to begin to escape from the samsaric condition, the "trance of ordinary life," is to pay enough directed attention to your mental processes so that you can distinguish between primary perception coming in from the external world and your particular associational reactions to it.
When our mind is cultivated to the point that it no longer yearns for samsaric indulgence but day and night aspires only to dwell the serenity of liberation".
This means that the forest was regarded as a place of training for monks seeking release from rebirth in the realm of samsaric suffering, the forces of which are so graphically encountered in the forest, where life must eat other life to survive.
Instead of talking about our ultimate nature, whatever that might be, we can talk instead about our samsaric nature, which is such that we are all suffering in the round of death and rebirth.