All experience is
preceded by mind,
led by mind,
made by mind.
“Kindness for the world is happiness.”
“Nirvana is the highest bliss.”
“Mindfulness, I declare, is useful everywhere.”
(Saṃyutta Nikāya 46.53)
“A mind that remains unshaken
by the ups and the downs
of the world,
Sorrowless, stainless and safe,
This is the highest blessing.”
Practice is Happiness
“He who practises the Dharma abides in happiness with a pacified mind.”
“Conquering oneself is far more excellent than conquering all others.”
Mindfulness of the Body
“One thing when developed and cultivated leads to gaining true knowledge and vision. What one thing? Mindfulness of the body.”
(Aṅguttara Nikāya 1.580)
To Live One Day
“Better it is to live one day seeing the Supreme Truth than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the Supreme Truth.”
Teaching of the Buddhas
“Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purify one’s mind, this is the teaching of the buddhas.”
“Whatever one frequently thinks and ponders upon will become the inclination of his mind.”
(Majjhima Nikāya 19)
“From craving there arises grief, from craving there arises fear, for one who is free from craving there is no grief, how is there fear?”
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At Buddhism.net, we hope to help you 1) learn Buddhism, 2) develop a practice, and 3) discover teachers and communities. We aspire to reach one billion people, so with you here, we only have 999,999,999 more to go.
Buddhism.net is cross-sectarian. We focus on early Buddhism, the common root of all modern forms of Buddhism. We aim to offer you a solid foundation in early Buddhism, which will be immensely helpful to you regardless of which form of Buddhism you adopt. Being cross-sectarian also means we’re cool with everyone, because, that’s just how we are.
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The post titled Right View is now up on Buddhism for All. Angela from the Buddhism.net team reflected on it, and invites you to do so too. 🌕 Angela's Reflections: Reflecting on right view, I'd like to share a metaphor. Suppose a person has jaundice since birth. He...
Right view is the “forerunner” of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is why the Buddha listed it first. Having the right view guides the practice. Right view is like having the right map, while the other seven are like having a good vehicle. The...
The post titled The Noble Eightfold Path is now up on Buddhism for All. Angela from the Buddhism.net team reflected on it, and invites you to do so too. 🌕 Angela's Reflections: Now we come into the Fourth Noble Truth, that is the Noble Eightfold Path. The Fourth Noble...
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What is Buddhism?
Is Buddhism a religion? Is it a philosophy? Is it a way of life? The Buddha gave a surprisingly simple answer: “What I teach is the nature of suffering, and liberation from suffering.”
At its core, Buddhism is a collection of teachings that enables a profound understanding of suffering, and a family of powerful practices that facilitates total liberation from all suffering. That is it.
We will explore Buddhism in detail in the Learn Buddhism section in the coming weeks.
Is Buddhism awesome?
We think that Buddhism is the most awesome thing ever. It is logical, science-friendly and inclusive. It is highly effective at resolving suffering, and at cultivating inner joy. It relies not on blind faith, but on inquiry and understanding. It does not require you to worship any god, nor does it require you to not worship any god. Thus it is highly effective for anybody regardless of their religion, or lack thereof.
Again, we will explore everything in more detail in the Learn Buddhism section in the coming weeks.
Why should I care?
Because you are subject to suffering. You may be suffering now, or you may suffer from pain, old age, sickness, loss, or separation in the future. Buddhism provides a highly effective antidote to suffering, in a science-friendly manner, that does not require you to have a religion, or to not have a religion. It is the best spiritual practice for the modern world. Like we said, it is the most awesome thing ever.
In the coming weeks, we will explore the path that leads to total liberation from all suffering. Yes, in the Learn Buddhism section.
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