The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
Buddha image taken at Borabador, Java
Introduction: The heart of wisdom Sutra is a short text defining the nature of existence as being non-existent. In other words it is describing the nature of existence that we perceive as an illusion.
What we think of as reality is perceived only within our own minds and consciousness, if you think for a moment that when you see something, the light is refracted from the object and that lighters reflected onto the retina in the back of the eye and from there an electrical signal passes to the brain which then interprets the signal and deciding what one is seeing. This is true for all our five
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Entering the light
Enlightenment is a term especially common within Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Tantra, but the idea of ‘seeing the light’ is a common expression in most cultures implying that the seer has realised something of importance.
What enlightenment means in an ultimate sense is to know the nature of existence or the meaning of life. This may sound far fetched and even irrelevant in terms of day to day living, work, paying bills, keeping up with people, gossip and struggling to survive.
This survival struggle is punctuated by moments of learning, pleasure and perhaps real joy. But so often these moments are the result of external things happening. For example people feel good on payday, they feel great
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And the nature of suffering
Most people at some stage in their lives, and more so if they fall into the middle and lower socio economic classes in Western society will disparage their life and experience of time passing. How often have you heard someone say that they hate their life or that they can’t wait for it to be over?
There are many reasons to take on such an attitude. When we are very young, adults tend to act very nonsensical and as such child’s minds are filled with trivia until such time as they can make sense of their world. There is a time and place to go “goo goo gaga” but very often parents do not know
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When he said “Ignorance is a Cause of Suffering?
Buddha is one of the most remarkable men in recent history. He was born between 600 and 700 BC* and is renowned as the first person who clearly defined the nature of suffering, then described the steps to be taken to end suffering.
There are two primary levels of suffering, there is the individual suffering the doubt and confusion of one’s own mind and emotions as well as the pain or discomfort in one’s own body. Then there is a collective suffering that is experienced by communities.
The suffering that we experience within ourselves and the suffering experienced by our wider community, (including all the wars and famines in the
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And the Nature of God
There are many ideas about what God may be, but for the sake of argument let’s say that God is the creative principal that permeates all existence. It is God that creates the difference between water and stone because fundamentally everything is made out of five elements.
In terms of ourselves it is the godliness or the creative principal inside our own bodies that regulates out autonomic nervous system, that converts the food we eat into new body parts and energy. In a wider sense God is the light that reveals what is hidden in the darkness beyond our perception.
Light is everywhere, but if we want to see the power of light, how can
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If one seeks happiness in this or any other life, the talk below provides a foundation for understanding Buddhism.
An Introduction to Buddhism with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:
The teachings of Siddhartha Gautama
Siddhartha Gautama was born in north India (now Nepal) about some 600 – 1200 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth date has been contentious. Many modern scholars generally put the time of his birth or enlightenment as between 300 and 500BC. The exact date is not known, but Indian scholars generally put the date of his birth as early as 1200 BC.
Earlier date are supported by the 2013 archaeological excavation at Lumbini; Buddha’s birth place in Nepal where there is evidence of a Buddhist structure dating to before the sixth century B.C.
Given that the veneration of Buddha began in earnest after his death and the dating of
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The art and science of living while supporting life
Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things.
For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but I can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.
The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.
But the idea of Dharma and the idea of living
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Generations of ignorance
The Buddha taught that ignorance is the cause of suffering, so what did he mean by that?
We all know that the fire is hot and therefore we do not put our hands too close because we know that the fire will cause pain and physical damage. We know that if we drive our cars ridiculously, then we are likely to crash causing pain and suffering to one’s self and others.
Some of us learned from our parents and avoided putting our hands into the fire and therefore avoided that unpleasant suffering. Some of us however had to learn the hard way and experienced that pain – but we learned. Similarly some of us drove carefully and
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