Confused how buddhism affects me.

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Confused how buddhism affects me.

Post by a_human_being » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:52 am

Edit: Sorry I regret posting this. Thanks for the replies that were given though.
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Re: Confused how buddhism affects me.

Post by cappuccino » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:55 pm

Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering; in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.

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Re: Confused how buddhism affects me.

Post by cookiemonster » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:10 pm

Try to minimize as much as you can, and learn & practice all parts of the Eightfold Path equally (and not just meditation)?

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Re: Confused how buddhism affects me.

Post by robertk » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:15 pm

The Dhamma, when properly understood will absolutely improve daily life : calmer , deeper understanding and all the joy that goes with that.
However, as you well articulated, many newcomers and even older hands get caught up in an idealistic chase, hoping to dampen natural wants and so on.

The thing is, is that the first step is attentuating wrong views, especially the idea of self and soul- and if that can be done then life will be pretty rosy from then on.

Much , much later comes the reduction of sense desires..


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