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To Not Be, Or Not Not to Be

Shantideva, Dogen, . . . Shakespeare? Mark Lamonica finds the Buddha in the Bard.

Mark Lamonica

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What do William Shakespeare and Buddha have in common? Call it Jungian synchronicity: both left their wives and families in search of the meaning of existence, emerged during a religious revolution, and were sublime philosophers. More importantly, they held very similar viewpoints regarding how one should live life in order to attain bliss. The Buddha taught the Eightfold Path:Mark Lamonica

1. Right thought
2. Right understanding
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration

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