WHAT IS BUDDHISM?
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality.
Around 650 BCE, the Buddha became aware through his own practice that there is suffering in life. He then discovered a path to its release or freedom from suffering (nibbana), through concentration, insight and compassion. At the root of this suffering is craving. We cling to what we believe is pleasurable, avoid what we believe is not pleasurable and ignore what is neither pleasurable nor unpleasant.
The Buddha went on to outline a path of practice and spiritual development leading to a deepening understanding of the true nature of our minds, our bodies and our moment-to-moment experience, all of which is every changing and mostly not within our control. Buddhist practices, such as ethical living, service and meditation, are a means of developing awareness, kindness, and wisdom, qualities that lead to a happier, more peaceful mind. With such a mind, we find ourselves more naturally inclined to offering compassion to ourselves and others. When we see more clearly the ways in which our actions lead to suffering or to happiness, we can then live in greater harmony with the world around us.Read More »What is Buddhism