What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is a path of personal development involving profound understanding, boundless positive emotion, expressing itself through compassion and spontaneous activity, known as Awakening or Enlightenment. More about Buddhism here.
The Buddhist path has three strands:
We try and live our lives within the ethical guidelines that the Buddha taught:
- not harming anything
- being generous
- living a simple and contented life
- speaking truthfully
- living mindfully
These guidelines help us to live with a clear mind and develop positive feelings. Acting more skilfully also has a positive impact on those around us.
We develop both awareness and positive feelings through our meditation practice. We become more mindful of our actions, thoughts and bodily sensations and can see more clearly their effect on us and others. We also become more positive towards ourselves and those around us.
Through these practices, and through studying Buddhist teachings, ritual, and spiritual friendship, we begin to see life more how it really is — that we and everything around us are in continual process, and there are many factors at play in those processes.
When we see this we learn that grasping after things to stay the same, or be how we want them to be rather than how they are, just causes us and others pain. We learn we can change our relationship to things to help us feel more liberated and compassionate.
Try it out!
For over 2500 years people have found that the practices of Buddhism really do work, leading to better mental states, more insightful perspectives, and more meaningful lives. But just don’t take our word for it — try it for yourself.