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Do You Know What Buddhism Is?

November 23, 2010

Gorgeous Narayani! You see why I am obsessed with this woman, rt?

From my incredible teachers (thank you, Narayani + Rima!), I have been exposed to the teachings of Buddhism (this is why you “sit near” [upa (near), ni (down) and sad (to sit)] teachers, because then you are always learning).  So far, this is my understanding of Buddhism:

  • Buddhism first and foremost recognizes that everyone is suffering in the world, and this suffering is because things end and will be torn from us; our relationships will end, our body will end, this dinner we are enjoying so much, will end.
  • The buddha tell us that there is a way out of suffering, a method to be free from mental affliction.
  • This method is about recognizing the true nature of the world, and coming to understand that all things are empty from their own side, and are merely our own projections.
  • Buddhists believe in purifying the mind and one’s actions, so that we can create our own worldview and literally create the world that we see.
  • The laws of Karma are abided by, meaning that Buddhists only want to plant karmic seeds that will produce the kind of life they want.  i.e. if you want wealth, you are generous and never greedy; if you want to be in love, take care of a lonely person and celebrate the love of others; if you want to be treated with respect, respect others.
  • Meditation is used to help the mind stay grounded and focused and is essential for the continued spiritual development of the Buddhist, as is continuing to learn the wisdom of the teachings.

As Narayani so beautifully said in class at Jivamukti, “Our lives are like a ripple in a pond, meaning our actions, our presence expand out and affect the world.  We have a choice what kind of ripple to be.  Don’t you want to be a kind ripple?”.

These concepts are radical, especially the idea of emptiness, but as you start to refine your thoughts and actions, you will notice a shift in how you affect others and how the world is reflected back to you.  If you want to read more, Lama Christie McNally’s The Tibetan Book of Meditation is amazing.  It’s very practical advice given in a straightforward and kind manner that clearly illuminates the core teachings of the Buddha.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2010 2:07 pm

    Buddhism is a vast subject. There are no believings in Buddhism, only understandings. You should be able to think logically and understand the subjects or matters.

  2. November 24, 2010 11:20 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for reading my post. I am really just beginning to learn about this so forgive me for any misinterpretations… Thanks, again!

  3. Jenya permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:54 pm

    Kyle! You totally refined it for the third time! You see what repetition and practice does?

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