Buddhism

Buddhism (16)

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood. An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision. This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.

Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. So Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender. It teaches practical methods which enable people to realise and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives.

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Dhamma (14)

The non-aggressive, moral and philosophical system expounded by the Buddha, which demands no blind faith from its adherents, expounds no dogmatic creeds, encourages no superstitious rites and ceremonies, but advocates a golden mean that guides a disciple through pure living and pure thinking to the gain of supreme wisdom and deliverance from all evil, is called the Dhamma and is popularly known as Buddhism.

The all-merciful Buddha has passed away, but the sublime Dhamma which he unreservedly bequeathed to humanity, still exists in its pristine purity. Although the master has left no written records of his teachings, his distinguished disciples preserved them with extraordinary precision by committing to memory and transmitting them orally from generation to generation. 

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Fundamentals (1)

These are gentle, easy to read, writings intended to introduce someone to the most basic understandings within Buddhism. Here one can find information on the life of the Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, Karma, rebirth, dependent origination, the three universal characteristics and the five aggregates.

There are many ways in which different people in different cultures view Buddhism and particularly, there is clear contrast between the western or modern attitude towards Buddhism with the traditional attitude. An awareness of this contrast is useful (necessary) because point-of-view bias can be a powerful limitation to understanding.  Such bias can then lead to roadblocks on the path to awakening.

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Dhp 01:01 - Evil Begets Evil

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 22:53 Written by
Dhp 01:01 - Evil Begets Evil

Mind is the forerunner of (all evil) states.
Mind is chief, mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with wicked mind,
because of that, suffering follows one,
even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox. (1)

Dhp 01:02 - Good Begets Good

Thursday, 12 May 2016 00:00 Written by
Dhp 01:02 - Good Begets Good

Mind is the forerunner of (all good) states.
Mind is chief; mind-made are they.
If one speaks or acts with pure mind,
because of that, happiness follows one,
even as one's shadow that never leaves. (2)

Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

Saturday, 14 May 2016 02:35 Written by
Dhp 01:03 - Retaliation Does Not Lead To Peace

"He abused me, he beat me,
he defeated me, he robbed me",

In those whose harbour such thoughts
hatred is not appeased. (3)

"He abused me, he beat me,
he defeated me, he robbed me",

in those who do not harbour such thoughts
hatred is appeased. (4)

Dhp 01:04 - Anger Is Conquered By Love

Monday, 16 May 2016 02:50 Written by
Dhp 01:04 - Anger Is Conquered By Love

Hatreds never cease
through hatred in this world;

through love alone they cease.
This is an eternal law. (5)

Dhp 01:05 - Quarrels Cease Through Right Thinking

The others know not
that in this quarrel we perish;
those of them who realize it,
have their quarrels calmed thereby. (6)

Dhp 01:06 - The Weak Succumb To Temptation But Not The Strong

Whoever lives contemplating pleasant things,
with senses unrestrained, in food immoderate,
indolent, inactive, him verily Mara overthrows,
as the wind (overthrows) a weak tree. (7)

Whoever lives contemplating "the Impurities",
with senses restrained, in food moderate, full of faith,
full of sustained energy, him Mara over-throws not,
as the wind (does not overthrow) a rocky mountain. (8)

Dhp 01:07 - The Pure Are Worthy Of The Yellow Robe But Not The Impure

He who is stained (with defilements)
without self-control and truthfulness,
is not worthy of wearing the yellow robes. (9)

He who is purged of all stain,
is well-established in morals and
endowed with self-control and truthfulness,
is indeed worthy of the yellow robe. (10)

Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

Friday, 27 May 2016 04:43 Written by
Dhp 01:08 - Right Perception Leads To Truth

In the unessential they imagine the essential,
in the essential they see the unessential –
they who entertain (such) wrong thoughts
never realize the essence. (11)

What is essential they regard as essential,
what is unessential they regard as unessential –
they who entertain (such) right thoughts,
realize the essence. (12)

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