Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Introduction to Buddhism

Buddhism lays down the foundation for how you act, you think, and what you do. If you're like me, you lead or led a crazy life and you want some sort of fix for this.

Well, I have say that turning to Buddhism is the key.

Buddhist get rid of all the wrong ideas about how to life your life, and some focus on getting rid of their suffering.

In general, we all suffer from some things, which could include depression, poverty, lack of social experience, loneliness, lack of patience, obsessive-compulsive, etc.

Sometimes, this problems are so overwhelming that we don't know what to do when these problems occur!

The answer is Buddhist simple: Practice mindfulness and patience. Learning to teach your mind ingenuity also helps with some things, which is more a Gnostic belief.

So, what is mindfulness, and what is patience you may ask?

Well mindfulness is defined by Merriam Webster as the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also such a state of awareness.

Alas, patience is defined as the quality of bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
  1. patient of one interpretation

manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain

not hasty or impetuous

steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity

a able or willing to bear —used with of

Those are the two biggest concepts in Buddhism to grab, and with those concepts in mind, you can move on to the 8 Noble Truths, etc.

Buddhism, rather than other religions, is only a way of living. 

Maintaining a minimalistic lifestyle is also very Buddhist.

I will end this post with some Buddhist quotes:

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” 

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.” 

"God is the finger pointing at the Moon"
Alan Watts

“1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.” 

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