Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Buddhist Basics

The teachings of the Buddha are not a means to escape from life, they are meant to help us relate to ourselves and the world as thoroughly as possible.

The Foundation and the heart of the Buddha's Teaching and of Buddhist Practice is the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.

The Four Truths:

1 . . . Life is stressful and filled with anxiety and insecurity.

2 . . . There is a cause for the stress: desire born of greed, hatred, and ignorance.

3 . . . There is freedom from the stress, the anxiety, and the insecurity.

4 . . . The freedom is realized by following the Eightfold Path.

The Eightfold Path:

Proper/Correct View (Understanding)
Proper/Correct Intention (Resolve)
Proper/Correct Speech
Proper/Correct Livelihood
Proper/Correct Effort
Proper/Correct Mindfulness
Proper/Correct Concentration

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