"Re-written" to save time and convert to easy practicality
No "far out" discipline or ideas
The most effective, reality-based system
Stop the insanity!
Test to see what you already agree with!
The "re-written" sections of Buddhism
Possible additional readings
Buddhism, when you strip it of "odd" words, has the time-tested wisdom that leads to leading an effective and happy life. I recommend you learn why it works and how it works - and then to work it.
"RE-WRITTEN" TO SAVE TIME AND CONVERT TO EASY PRACTICALITY
The bold rewrite, taking liberties though sticking to the meaning, was done so that the ideas are more understandable and so you don't have to interpret and study everything so hard to come up with a few ideas of what works and how to apply it.
NO "FAR OUT" DISCIPLINE OR IDEAS
It is much easier and more effective than you think - and you don't have to meditate for many years or go into deprivation or isolation. Buddha, instead, recommended going "the middle way", with balance - you'll see.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE, REALITY-BASED SYSTEM
This seems to be the most effective, reality-based, most straight forward system to use.
"PAIN IS INEVITABLE, SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL"
STOP THE INSANITY!
Adopting these will stop your suffering.
version, but I'd copy the webpage into your word processor if you want to have a copy to
TEST TO SEE WHAT YOU ALREADY AGREE WITH
This helps you to see how this fits into practical, every day living and what you know already works.
"three jewels" (the foundational pillars), the four noble truths, the eight-fold path, and
some of the other pieces - doing this test helps one to establish some more pillars for
one's own life philosphy, which will help one increase the strength of the foundational
philosophy upon which the quality of your life will be determined.
THE SECTIONS - REWRITTEN
mind, not requiring one to reach Nirvana, but profound nonetheless. Quick summary
page, then a discussion in more depth follows.
#1. We don't accept the world as it is, so we suffer.
See the Philosophy section, Overall Philosophy, for expectations, limits, and
acceptance of the world as it is.
and a great summary of the Truths. Gives others a perspective on how we hold onto
"shoulds" and make ourselves unhappy.
to living a life without suffering.
Right Thinking - Without this you don't really have much of a chance at anything close
to the happiness (and elimination of unnecessary suffering) that you can live your life
RESOURCES (Understandable ones that speak pretty much in our way of understanding.)
All You Ever Wanted To Know From His Holiness The Dalai Lama On Happiness, Life, Living,
And Much More, Conversations With Rajiv Mehrotra
Dancing With Life, Phillip Moffitt - A great job in going in depth on the Four Noble Truths,
so you can see it and understand it for your life.
The Wise Heart, Jack Kornfield - Clear, excellent explanations. One can see why Kornfield is
pre-eminent in putting out books that have an impact on lives.
Bahai-Library - Excellent, intellectual discussion of Buddhism. Quite clarifying!
POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL READINGS
These are not, by any means, part of the core readings to understand what is intended on this site, but for those who wish to explore this more: