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Four Buddhist Teachings to Improve Our Spirituality

Posted by arif94cse on August 7th, 2020

Whether you follow a traditional religion or are a non-religious, we can all learn a few things from Buddhism. For those of us unfamiliar with the Buddhist faith, we tend to associate it with monks in orange robes, chanting, and bronze Buddha statues and other Buddhist Supplies. On this side of the Pacific Ocean, we tend to associate Buddhism with young people doing yoga and drinking kinds of tea we can’t pronounce.

Buddhism, in its essence, is almost more of a life philosophy than a religion. The Buddha is not worshipped, and buddha statues and other meditation gifts serve as a reminder, rather than objects of worship. A Buddha statue reminds its owner to meditate on the teachings and life of the Buddha, and to remember that compassion is the only way to let go of life’s suffering. A core Buddhist belief is enlightenment: eventually achieving truth in life and no longer undergoing reincarnation.

You don’t have to become a Buddhist to be blessed by this rich, ancient religion. Here are four Buddhist philosophies that will benefit each one of us, no matter what religion we belong to.

A foundational teaching in many religions, Buddhism teaches that the self must die. In order to achieve enlightenment, an individual must give up his or her selfishness completely. Many of us live in cultures where the self is seen as the highest good, so meditating on the value of others, and learning to appreciate our interdependence, will improve our well-being.

Many of us have a hard time failing. We put pressure on ourselves to be the best and to do well 100% of the time. Many religions stress this kind of never-failing as well. In Buddhism, while living well is important, so is achieving wisdom. There’s an understanding that life brings teaching, and failure brings teaching. Rather than trying to never screw up, Buddhist philosophy graciously accepts failures and difficult life experiences, since they all hold opportunities for wisdom.

Whether we believe, as Buddhists do, that we will reincarnate, or whether we believe this is the only life we have, we know that we’re mortal. Often, however, we do as much as possible to forget this fact, making our daily lives and our religious endeavors about permanence. We would all benefit from regular reflection on our temporary state, through the use of mandalas (sand art) and other exercises in letting go.

With an understanding of our interdependence comes greater respect for our world and for us. While one of the best gifts interdependence offers us understanding the importance of other people, it also teaches us that we, and our world, are important. If we are part of a connected web, then our life and actions matter to many, many people. In the same way, the world is deeply connected to our wellbeing. This understanding of interconnectedness helps us respect ourselves, others, and our planet.

Buddhism holds many beautiful truths, and no matter where we’re coming from, we can all benefit from experiencing a taste of Buddhist philosophy. 

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