Basics Of Buddhism

Basics Of BuddhismOn a glorious day, beautiful sunshine, it was perfect for a nice bit of learning. So often lately it has been pleasant all week and disappointing at the weekend, but not today, albeit that I’ve started mine a day early. So I’ve spent the majority of the the day out on the balcony, re-reading Pat Allwright’s ‘Basics Of Buddhism’. Much of it naturally reiterates what I already know, but it never hurts to go back over the basics. So much wisdom packed into such a little book.

To quote the opening page,

“If you wish to free yourself from the sufferings of birth and death you have endured through eternity and attain supreme enlightenment in this lifetime, you must awaken to the mystic truth which has always been within your life” -Nichiren Daishonin

It is quite a powerful statement with which to start a book, but as I know to my own benefit, the teachings within are just that powerful and could be the basis for a happier and more enlightened life for all of us.

We are, I believe, all Buddhists at heart, that is why, as Allwright says,

“People who hear about it [Buddhism] for the first time often remark ‘I always thought that anyway’. This is because ultimately, we all know the Universal Truths, but have become separated from them. The adventure into the inner self is an endless journey of discovery, insight and joy.”

I could not agree more.

And as if to prove that you must make the most of the positives while they present themselves, the heavens opened just as I packed everything away to come back inside. Well they do say that fortune favours the brave.

Namaste ~ Anupadin

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