A Little Bit of Buddha: An Introduction to Buddhist Thought
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Buddhism blossoms from the words and life of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Buddhism is a philosophy, not a religion, and billions of people model their way of life on the peaceful and compassionate teachings of the Buddha. He is not worshipped as a god, but rather respected as an everyday human being who rediscovered a way of life that led to the end of his suffering and confusion about the apparent tragedy of the world. Buddha's words and teachings continue to influence society in positive ways by encouraging us all to develop happiness and peace from within.
A Little Bit of Buddha is a wonderful introduction to the life and ways of one of the most unique humans the world has known.
the veil of samsara and are no longer bound by it. Arahants stop incarnating into this world of illusion, including the pure abodes. Arahants exist beyond what we know as reality. The stages of enlightenment can occur within a single lifetime. As each level of enlightenment is experienced, afterward a Buddhist must continue their practice and their daily lives. In Zen Buddhism there is a saying: “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” The body
Buddhists believe that only the moral can achieve enlightenment, not for a religious reason of good and bad but because moral people are calm enough within to really learn how to properly concentrate, the beginning step on the path to enlightenment. No matter how long someone meditates and studies Buddhist thought, if they are living a harmful life, no good will come of their practice. In modern parlance, Buddhists must “walk their talk,” the result being inner calmness, an essential ingredient
worrywart giving themselves an ulcer to the Buddha perfectly embodying the principles of the Eightfold Path and achieving enlightenment. Buddha said, “It is intention that I call karma; having formed the intention, one performs acts by body, speech, and mind.” These physical, verbal, and mental actions are karma. The way we think, what we say, and how we act is what creates our reality. Understanding karma helps us understand the Buddhist worldview and explains why Buddhists see reincarnation as
world. The five are lust, anger, laziness, worry, and doubt. To counter the five hindrances Buddhists identified five antidotes, as follows. Body meditation or single-pointed concentration (reflecting upon the temporary nature of our lives) is used to overcome lust, or attachment to other bodies; loving-kindness or rapturous bliss for anger; activity and active meditations for laziness; breath awareness for stress; and study for doubt. KHANDHA: FIVE GROUPS OF EXISTENCE The five groups of
depth at the Noble Eightfold Path and how to apply its principles to our daily lives. PRAJNA, OR WISDOM Prajna combines the first two spokes of the Eightfold Path. It is regarded as a purifying wisdom and consists of seeing reality for what it really is, a necessity for those seeking enlightenment. Proper View Proper view means seeing reality for what it is and looking beyond the superficial. Proper view also implies a willingness to see things as they are, because many people would rather