Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Buddha Nature - Essence of Buddhism

Interested in Buddhism or does any "ism" sound like trouble? You may be surprised with Buddhism. Many believe it to be science or philosophy rather than religion. Either way, Buddhism is a huge and complicated subject, so I started taking notes. These notes are a collection of that information, mainly from Pema Chodron, her teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama. Sad to say Buddhism can get as complicated, sick, and twisted as anything else, partly because it has gone from India to China, Japan, Tibet and other countries and picked up their trappings, culture, and dogma on the way. But the essence of it remains clear, pure, and very beneficial to me. I consider Bodhicitta (enlightened heart/mind) as the foundation so sorted the information with Absolute Bodhicitta on page 1, and Relative Bodhicitta on page 2. In the absolute/ultimate realm we get in touch with our infinite (God) side, and on the relative level in touch with the blood and guts, everyday, kitchen sink level of relating to ourselves and others. This is followed by a collection of topics you can explore further wherever you find inspiration. I was lucky enough to get in with some humble and wise people for study and have a had great experience. It is certainly worth a good look in my opinion. For my notes click here. For the bigger picture and fuller story click here and/or here. For what I consider the Buddhist "Super Powers" click here. For more on Thich Nhat Hanh click here, for Pema Chodron here, the Dalai Lama here, a YouTube here, his books here



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