You may have wondered at times what life is about, e.g. is there a reason, a purpose, in fact what is it all about. The Buddha asked the same questions of himself. He became determined to find the answers and so he left his comfortable lifestyle and became a wandering ascetic, finding many teachers on the way. The teachers taught him much but still he knew, deep inside, that his questions were still unanswered. And so after almost six years of searching he decided to practice alone. He sat beneath the Bodhi tree and vowed to sit until he really knew. He became enlightened. He knew the truth and this truth became the Dhamma. (The Buddha’s teachings).
The four Noble truths that he realized are (1) To live we must suffer. (2) Suffering is caused by craving. (3) Suffering can be overcome. (4) There is a path leading to the end of suffering. This path is called the Noble Eightfold Path. The path consists of right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.
And so Buddhism becomes a way of life. The basis being to do no evil, to do good and to purify the mind. Of course The Buddha meditated and taught his meditation methods to his disciples, these teachings are available to us today and can help us to lead a more happy and peaceful life.
There are many books available on The Buddha and The Dhamma, you may like to take time to read and understand for yourself. We sometimes have questions that arise from our reading. Any questions that you have can be asked and answered in this corner.
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