Author: Alexey Leonov
Location: "ETNOMIR" Cultural Education Center
“There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.”
“Any increased attachment to all earthly things is suffering.”
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”
BUDDHA – Buddha Shakyamuni – the spiritual teacher, the founder of Buddhism. Years of life – 600 – 400 BCE.
Buddha is not a common name, but a state of mind that has reached the highest point of development. Literally, it means “the one who knows”, “enlightened”. The Buddha’s teaching is dharma — the path to liberation from a series of reincarnations of the soul and the comprehension of truth. The basis of Buddhism is expressed in the Four Noble Truths: the course of life gives rise to desires, and desires lead to attachment, unfulfilled desires and attachments cause suffering. Happiness is deliverance from suffering. The Buddha teaches that life is possible without suffering, if you give up attachment through a system of practices, moral discipline, contemplation and wisdom.
Buddhism is based on a philosophical concept, a planned system of spiritual self-improvement, and an attachment to the essence of being. To comprehend the Truth, personal conscious efforts and constant work of self-improvement are needed. Blind faith only hinders development.