I just saw a show on History Channel about the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
I’m confused about a few things. It said that one of the goals of Buddhism is to break out of the circle of karma, but wouldn’t this mean that one could be an evil person without fear of the consequences? Seriously, it talked of the monks chanting to help the passing soul beat death’s judgment. The passing soul could then choose his/her own destiny. The person who wrote the book even hid it for 600 years because he saw that it could be used for evil, but what makes anyone think that we are less likely to be evil now, instead of 600 years ago?
Another goal in Buddhism is to end suffering, but it then said that one should choose to be reincarnated as a human so that he/she can further study suffering instead of a God, which would put an end to suffering. Huh?
Also, what’s the deal with all the men? Why can’t there be women in Buddhism?