“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Friday, May 23, 2014

Buddhism 101

Rajju Jim had a good Zen offering the other day:
 "don't seek the truth only drop attachment to your opinions."

I have to hear a lot of stuff about Buddhism in studying traditional Chinese medicine, and most of what I hear is so "just not right." It brings to mind the Dhamma regarding teaching and what a wise gift that was to have included in the Dhamma itself. And then there is a quote of the Buddha on the wall here: it says 

"the greatest prayer is patience."

Patience, kindness, gratitude are like the secondary color wheel while Generosity Compassion and Wisdom are the primary colors, it seems sometimes to me. I have opinions that differ from others but work to see that that is all they are. I love the Buddhism we practice at Great Determination and in my humble opinion:

1. The Four Noble Truths are the commonly shared understanding and belief among Buddhists, not Kamma and reincarnation.
2. Generosity, compassion and wisdom are the roots of happiness, they are cultivated through practice and meditation.
3. Anger, greed and delusion are the three poisons we work to ditch from our thoughts, speech and actions.

But other people are of different opinions, we can all back up our opinions with some sort of written or traditional reasoning. These are called facts and they form in religions, science, economy, ecology, medicine, laws and governments, all walks of life. When attachment is dropped facts can be overturned and disproven at the drop of a hat, and that's a fact!

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