Gothic Buddhism

Goodman, MO

#1 May 12, 2012
Like all Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism is based on the idea that"life is suffering." In other words, a basic component of existing is the fact that the being who is existing will eventually suffer. The only way to escape this suffering is to escape from the cycle of rebirths and cease existing altogether.
This fits well with the predisposition in gothic literature of focusing on suffering as an important part of who we are and how we experience the universe. Specifically, many gothic writers focus on suffering as a constant consequence of being alive.


Unique to Buddhism is the belief that emotions can eliminate and counteract other emotions. This is considered to be difficult and very dangerous feat to attempt, it is however also considered the fastest way to achieve enlightenment. Many Buddhist practices are emotionally potent and very sensual, sexual intercourse is used to help achieve enlightenment. In other rituals they must confront death in a ritual, or they confront wrathful emanations of buddhas who reflect one's deep loathing hatred and unease. Others use alcohol drunken from a skull-cup.

Dangerous Powers

In Vajrayana Buddhism, there is no predefined difference between "good magic" and "bad magic.". One of Tibet's greatest heroes is a sorcerer , he used his magic to harm others. When he found he no longer gained satisfaction in destroying his enemies and turned to Buddhism. Even an advanced Vajrayana Buddhist master has access to secret ceremonies which will enable them take a life. These ceremonies are rarely used except in the rare cases when it is considered an compassionate. Especially when someone has accumulated so much bad Karma by their horrible deeds that they have done. However, there are some Buddhist masters who slip and start using their powers for selfish purposes.

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