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Speech is a very powerful tool. If we hit someone, it will hurt for a short time and then go away. But if we verbally attack someone, those words can stay with them for many years. On the other hand, well thought out words can stop conflict, make friends and heal...read more
The second aspect of the Eightfold Path is right intention. Here I am talking about our motivation; the spark that fires us into action. Right intention is divided into three parts: letting go, goodwill and harmlessness. So lets look at these one by one. Letting go –...read more
In the fourth of Buddha's truths he explains the path we need to take to free ourselves from suffering. It is known as the Eightfold Path and it comprises of three aspects: Seeing Clearly Right View Right Intention Living Responsibly Right Speech Right Action Right...read more
This truth is called nirvana, liberation, enlightenment and so on. It is hotly debated these days. Some think that if you reach nirvana you will never be born again, others think you will be reborn, but you can pick where. For people who do not believe in rebirth,...read more
In the last post I mentioned unawareness. So, what are the things we are unaware of? Usually, in Buddhism, they talk about three main things, namely suffering, not-self and impermanence. I have covered suffering in the post entitled ‘Buddha’s First Truth,’ and...read more
In the first truth Buddha encouraged us to fully understand that there is suffering in every corner of our lives. In his second truth he tells us what causes these sufferings. There is no one cause of our suffering. Just as there is no one cause of anything. The cause...read more
In my last post I mentioned the five aggregates, so here is a brief description of each aggregate. The aggregates are form, feeling, conception, mental formation and consciousness. Form, or matter, corresponds to physical factors and not only includes our own bodies,...read more
Buddha‘s first teaching was on the four noble truths, and it still remains the very foundation on which Buddhism is built. In the next few posts I will go through these truths in an easy to understand way. I would encourage you to post comments and questions on this...read more
Hello and welcome to my blog!
This blog will be about Buddhism. ‘Oh! not another one,’ I hear you say. Well, yes but…
There are many great blogs on Buddhism as a religion and even more on Buddhism as a philosophy. I am writing about Buddhism as a way of life, which means there is no Buddhist jargon or dogma. It is not based in the metaphysical world, but has its feet planted firmly on this planet. It is easy to follow and practical. I use the Buddha’s early teachings as the blogs foundation, and explain them in a way that is relevant to your life today. You will find some of what I am going to write about in my books, ‘The Best Way To Catch A Snake’ and ‘Life’s Meandering Path.’ You may also follow Buddhism Guide on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy the blog. Feel free to give me feedback, as I love to hear other people’s views.