WHAT IS BUDDHISM?

What is Buddhism?

We are bound by our emotions, which protect a ‘me’ – an illusory self image. Buddhism is the path leading to insight into the true nature of reality of self and all phenomena. Through personal experience, our true nature, which is beyond a belief, is realised.

Change occurs when our evaluation of awareness changes. Ordinary awareness is continually evaluating: this ordinary, self indulgence of ego can, through practice, be transformed into lucid naked awareness – pure awareness itself. We are released from what we are not, to be what we truly are.

In the early stages of development, we become aware of occurrences and stillness in the mind; we become mindful of whatever arises, and so we take care. However, we can become subtly stuck in mindfulness because we are always relating to a ‘me’ and ‘mine’, and at this stage it’s possible to be careless. When awareness gets involved, it creates a ‘me’ … a very emotional ‘me’!

Realisation occurs when lucid naked awareness realises that there is no me, no meditator, and no meditation, but just naked lucid awareness. Self and all phenomena are empty of any true existence, having to rely on causes and conditions. Whatever occurs, pleasant or unpleasant, lucid naked awareness is ever present.

The result of realisation is compassion, which is the continuity of timeless, selfless awareness. There is no time for a self; if a self arises, this is merely a habit of a conditioned mind, the recognition of which is freedom. Freedom is escape from a conditioned mind to a mind that is not controlled by conditions.

What is Buddhism?
It’s what you want it to be.
In this way, the levels are released.

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5 Responses to WHAT IS BUDDHISM?

  1. su says:

    When I was 10 my Dad took my hands and I saw myself and the world as Light. He said “This is who you are.” I said “What do I do with this Light?” He said “What do you want to do with it?” And I burst into a rage that lasted the better part of 30 years. Did not See my Self as Light again until maybe two years ago or so. That “It is what you want it to be” was so difficult for me to Process. But I have and am in time. Seems very relevant, all around, these days.

  2. tony says:

    Everything is timely. We know, but doubt.
    Then suddenly everything changes and we wonder why we didn’t see this before.
    It was doubt that that keeps us in chains. We have to let go of others reliance on religious dogma, that stifles direct experience and realisation, and creative fun!

    Clear light is clarity, is direct seeing. What do we do with this clarity? Be happy with whatever occurs, watching the sands of karmic doubt run out!

    The world (people) around us is being wound up tighter and tighter, it’s utter madness. Just seeing is freeing. The world is still mad, but we are no longer caught up in it. If someone else see this, it will help them.

    Tony

  3. tony says:

    Isn’t karma just doubt?
    T

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