By Peter Harvey
This booklet is a complete advent to Buddhist culture because it has built in 3 significant cultural components in Asia, and to Buddhism because it is now constructing within the West. it's meant to be a textbook for college students of spiritual and Asian stories, however it can be of curiosity to people who need a normal survey of Buddhism and its ideals. not like many different normal books approximately Buddhism, it not just explores the realm perspectives of the faith but in addition makes an attempt to teach how Buddhism features as a suite of practices. It therefore comprises chapters on devotion, ethics, monastic practices and meditation. Such practices are relating to Buddhist teachings and old advancements. Emphasizing because it does the range came across inside of assorted Buddhist traditions, the booklet goals all through to underline universal threads of trust, perform and historic continuities which unify the Buddhist global. Dr. Harvey solutions questions which are frequently requested through humans on first assembly the culture, and in his part on Nirvana bargains a singular interpretation of this final, transcendent secret.
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This is the central message the life of the Buddha is meant to convey: true happiness may be achieved not by gaining what we seek to possess, but by cultivating a state of non-attachment with regard to our desires. This is the message we are meant to apply to our own lives. It is at once powerful and perplexing, powerful because it offers a road to well-being immune to vicissitudes we all recognize, and perplexing – for many, I suspect – for a variety of psychological and philosophical reasons.
We seek enduring happiness by trying to attach ourselves to things that are in constant change. This sometimes brings temporary and partial fulﬁllment, but long-term result is frustration and anxiety. Because of the impermanence of the world, we do not achieve the real happiness we implicitly seek. The Buddha thought we could all sense the truth of this with a moderate amount of honest reﬂection on the realities of human life, but he also believed that full understanding of the ﬁrst Truth was difﬁcult to achieve and would require signiﬁcant progress towards enlightenment.
Can it be overcome? How can such questions be answered? On a fourth outing, Siddhattha saw a man who had left home, shaved his head, and donned yellow robes: he was seeking a life of wisdom, virtue and tranquillity outside the conventional life of society, and he became an initial role-model for Siddhattha. The Buddha said later: 18 THE LIFE OF THE BUDDHA 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 13111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44111 While still young, a black-haired young man endowed with the blessing of youth, in the prime of life, though my mother and father wished otherwise and wept with tearful faces, I shaved off my hair and beard, put on the yellow robe, and went forth from the home life into homelessness.
An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey