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Body and Soul

In contrast to traditional Christianity, in which the soul is generally considered to be separate from the physical body, certain Eastern religions have stressed the interconnectedness of body and soul. Christianity teaches that human suffering comes to an end when the physical body dies and the soul ascends to eternal bliss; Buddhism teaches that by overcoming the self, the individual can reach a state of spiritual enlightenment that transcends both suffering and existence itself.

To reach a fullness of understanding in one's soul, the Buddhist must first master his body through meditation. For true meditation, the Buddhist must, for example, assume an effective sitting posture and throughly understand his own breathing.

Thus, pain and suffering are part and parcel of the human existence to be finally overcome only through spiritual cures. We still believe you can do something physical about repetitive stress injury, however.

Four star For a world of resources on the world's religions, we recommend Facets of Religion, a 4-star site as rated by the McKinley Internet Yellow Pages and the online McKinley Magellan Internet Guide.

Posted July, 1996.
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