Sunday, December 3, 2006

Why I Like Buddhism

This excerpt from Buddhist Studies nicely encapsulates why I enjoy the study of Buddhism and why it appeals to my logical side:

Buddhist teachings can be understood and tested by anyone. Buddhism teaches
that the solutions to our problems are within ourselves not outside. The Buddha
asked all his followers not to take his word as true, but rather to test the teachings for themselves. ln this way, each person decides for themselves and takes responsibility for their own actions and understanding. This makes Buddhism less of a fixed package of beliefs which is to be accepted in its entirety, and more of a teaching which each person learns and uses in their own way.

The Buddha himself said to test what he said. Today, the Dalai Lama has said that if science were to show that some precept of Buddhism was not true. Buddhists would have to accept that. Buddhism is not something that strikes you on the road to Damascus; it is something learned through study, meditation, and testing against life.

It is also compatible with whatever your religion is. Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophy. Buddha was not and is not a god or God. He was just a man trying to figure life out. Just like most of us.


They call him James Ure said...

It is said as well that Buddhism is the religion of no religion. And the religion of science and psychology.

Buddhism is such a fluid and adaptive religion. It's beautiful how it flows and changes with different cultures and times. Much like a mountain river flowing around and adapting to rocks and bends in it's path.

And yet there are some main principles that do not change. Such as the 4 noble truths and the eightfold path. Like a river always flows downstream.

It strikes a lovely balance between solid principles and fluid philosophy. Balance and the middle way is what Buddhism is all about.

Gamhewage said...

very inspiring .
may u be happy and healthy.

u can read Buddhist Suttas at Accesstoinsight Website. Almost entire Sutta pitaka. metta 2u