Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Buddhism - Ancient Practice for Attaining the Damn Happy

Buddhism –
Living a Damn Happy Life – Part 2

Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher in India around 400-560 BCE. Born a prince, he was shielded from suffering during his early life. Once exposed to his people’s suffering, he left his family and go into the wilderness to find a cure for suffering, learning from various teachers.

Having mastered their teachings, and almost dying from self-mortification, he sat under a tree and vowed not to leave until he was enlightened. After 49 days of mediation, at age 35 he achieved enlightenment and discovered the Middle Way, a path between self-indulgence and self-mortification, and began teaching the practice of non-suffering (aka the Damn Happy!).

Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and a table summarizing the Noble Eightfold Path follows. The coolness is that Buddhism is arguably a practice, not a religion– a practice that can make you a happier Christian, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Pagan, Muppet, whatever!

Buddha said he was not the moon but only the finger pointing at the moon. Shine on! Braxton

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