Buddhism is both a religion and philosophy originating in India by Buddha and later spreading to China, Burma, Japan, Tibet, and parts of SE Asia, and the U.S. It holds that life is full of suffering caused by a desire for external objects that you may never attain. It is in this inability to have what you want that human suffering makes itself known.

An often discarded part of Buddhism is

the issue of human suffering. In its

Eastern form, mindfulness was introduced

as a way of addressing human suffering

with out giving in to it. Using Mindfulness,

Buddhism  teaches how to alter your

reaction to it. Human suffering be it

Responses to disappointment, loss, aches, significant pain, depression, anger and more. Buddhism would want you to remember that human suffering does not own you and that Mindfulness empowers you to move past how human suffering can control your life.

If you sensed that much of this web site takes a negative view of Mindfulness, you’d be wrong. In fact, quite the opposite is true; You won’t find a bigger advocate for the value found in mindfulness than this writer. So what gives? My issue and one shared with millions of others is this: In pursuing mindfulness in its Western form the key element of the Buddhist practice either has been ignored or completely discarded. Buddhism teaches that the sole reason for practicing mindfulness is to lift the human spirit above the devastating effects of human suffering thus empowering you and I to joyfully accept all that life present, to insure that we have what we need and to to avoid the downhill slide into human suffering that often occurs when our focus and energy is on what we want. Human suffering comes about when our personal focus and drive gets caught up in what it is that feel we must have or in order to be happy what it is that we want.

Below is an illustration of two paths for your life. The left side depicts the path of self-centeredness, ignoring that human suffering exists and rains down on all. From time to time this person may apply what they believe is mindfulness, but isn’t. On the right is one living a mindful life. These folks practice and apply in their life the traditional Buddhist view that our suffering is caused by our own greed.  


The more common definition of mindfulness is the process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. This rather generic approach leaves out more than it offers. Foremost among the questions left unanswered is WHY! Why would anyone living in a world full of immediate satisfaction not be preparing themselves for their next experience.The answer is dependent on your deeper view of your world.

Acceptance is a task often overlooked when you face a dilemma. Let’s take a simple example. “Do I want the apple or the orange?”

You look at each one, smell them, & imagine their taste. Each  of these test are appropriate, but deciding is still difficult. Why, because before you can choose, you first have to accept your hunger.

This is true regardless of how significant the issue before you i

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