CHANGING YOUR MIND -
WHAT IS BUDDHISM? (See footnote below)
It is path through life that leads to insight into the true nature of reality. For some it is a religion. For others Buddhism is a philosophy. For both, it is a practice and a gate to spiritual development.
WHAT OUTCOMES CAN YOU EXPECT?
Buddhist practices are means of changing yourself in order to develop the inner qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom.
This path is directed toward personal enlightenment. As an enlightened person your immediate and extended world is seen more clearly than before.
A part of following the path offered by Buddhism is the development of your path of authenticity and then living a life fully and naturally in accordance with that vision and your authentic values.
I’M NOT INTERESTED IN A RELIGION
Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator, god, or any deity. In the normal Western sense Buddhism is not a religion. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. So Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender. It teaches practical methods which enable people to realize and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives.
The views in this section come from https://thebuddhistcentre.com/buddhism and have been edited to fit within our perspective.
QUOTES FROM THE DALAI LAMA
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”
“Silence is sometimes the best answer”
“It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.”
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
“The way to change others’ minds is with affection, and not anger.”