Monday, 13 July 2009

ME and the Buddha

We all find our own ways of coping. Buddhist thought has the happy quality of not really conflicting with any of the major religions as it does not posit its own deities. The Buddha was a mortal man, albeit one wiser than most, and his words can be taken as just plain good advice, not Holy Writ. In the better translations, his words have the additional benefit of being poetic and calming in themselves. There are no miraculous fixes, he warns us "You should do the work yourself, for buddhas only show the way". Dhammapada

"Overcome your uncertainties and free yourself from dwelling on sorrow. If you delight in existence, you will become a guide to those who need you, revealing the path to many." Sutta Nipada

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