Buddhism Guide Blog

Respect

Some people think to show respect to their spiritual teacher they have to bow down to them, treat them as higher beings, shower them with gifts and blindly follow every word they say. I do not think this sycophantic way of acting is giving respect. If you truly want...

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Misbehaving Monks

There has been a lot written in the press recently about the behaviour of Buddhist monks. They have been killing Muslims, raping children, lying and even stealing from local communities. All these things Gautama Buddha advised us to refrain from doing in the five...

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What is your goal?

Recently I had an opportunity to speak to a group of Western Buddhists and I asked them why they practice and what is their end game. A good 90% of them said enlightenment. I always find it a bit disconcerting when people offer up this as a goal. I pushed them a...

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A Balanced Lifestyle

It is very important for us to have a balanced lifestyle. This means we have to live within our means. In the sutra named, Dighajanu or 'Conditions of Welfare' Gautama Buddha stated this: "….... a householder knowing his income and expenses leads a balanced life,...

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Shattered Dreams

When I was introduced to Buddhism I had already decided Christianity wasn't for me. I didn't believe in an all powerful, creator god. I didn't like dogma or the prayers and ritual practices. So when I was told Buddha wasn't a god, we don't have to pray to him and...

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Four Thoughts To Contemplate

How can we make our life more meaningful and live it responsibly? One way is to start each day by contemplating the following points: 1 – my life is special and so I should cherish it and use it to help others. If I cannot help, I should at least not harm anyone. 2 –...

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A Critical Mind

 The quote below, taken from the Mahaparinibbana Sutra, makes it clear that we should not blindly believe what we hear, read or are told. We must test the words. If we are unable to find them in the Buddha's discourses or in his set of rules, they more than likely...

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Misunderstanding Buddhism

There is a 12-year-old boy in the village where I live and he spends the day begging. It isn't his fault because he, along with his mentally ill mother, have been thrown out of their home by the father. I am extremely concerned about this little guy, and one day last...

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Attachment Isn’t Love

Buddha stated attachment to loved ones and material things are causing us to suffer. When some people hear this they say things like, 'so I can't love my family, friends or children?' This is because they are getting attachment and love confused. They are not the same...

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Buddha’s Final Advice

All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own liberation. Do your best. These are Buddha's last words and the first part reminds use that all compounded things are impermanent. If we keep this in mind we will not...

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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.