From the Philippe Perrier interview (Tidbit #?)
“I traveled to Asia. People, over there, attach less importance to the life than us. I attended a funeral, they had burned died it and made small packages of its ashes. Then, they hung these packages with rockets which they sent towards the sky. Here, we have too high opinion of the individual existence. The individual, for me, is not worth anything; he can die of the day at the following day and has importance only as a sample. What counts, be the human one, the universal one. To seize the human one through the individual, that, it is interesting.”
Since I am no expert of Eastern Religion and Buddism seems to be the theme here whether Laurant wants us to appy it or not.
How do you interpret Graff’s words? Can anyone comment on the difference in the perception of life and death between these two cultures?
In the tidbit interview he says "Here, we have too high opinion of the individual existence" "What counts, be the human one, the universal one." My guess from this translation is that he thinks the humanity of the universe is more important than the individual. By being selfless we care more about humanity as a whole. To take this a step further, it is humanity that is important not the life of each person's as we tend to value here. I don't think its the body he is talking of but the individual compared to all of humanity.
A little off subject from Graff and back to Antionne.
I did a little searching and found this paragraph that reminds me of Antionne.
Where the Brahmins of India taught that nirvana was attained when the soul becomes one with the Universal soul, Buddha held that nirvana is actually the termination of rebirths. That is, you finally get to get off the wheel. You've reached Nirvana, you're done, you cease to exist. It's hard to see where the hope lies in this, but rebirth after rebirth could, I suppose, make your complete elimination from existence sound appealing.
This paragraph, I think came closest to what Antionne is trying to do. I dont think he is so much into the rebirths as he is trying to shortcut to a state of Nirvana. I think this may be what he feels death is. He is trying to get closer and closer to ceasing to exist.