There are many "disciplines", including religions, which are collections of philosophical view points, most of which lead to the same conclusion. An interesting study which ties together five principles a week for 48 weeks is the sweet and to the point book Wisdom From World Religions, Sir John Templeton - ignore the religious parts and you'll see so much wisdom tied together - a rarely valuable work. See the pieces where we explain how to alternatively view the language and beliefs in the "spiritual" or "religion realm, in order to glean the greater message. (See the linked pieces on language, but you might first read the page: Religion - Structured Frameworks And Delivery Of Beliefs.) The term "discipline" means "the way" or "the path". Self discipline is simply about getting yourself back to the path. So "the disciplines" are paths to a greater life that you can choose from. I am, with this site, attempting to provide paths that will lead you to the same place. I include many pieces from "the disciplines" and aim at integrating things into an effective whole. See The Paths. I recommend that you set aside at least an hour a day to follow a chosen path that will lead you to living life at a higher and much better level - there is no "other way", where "somehow" you will happen upon or the stars will all align for sudden happiness and freedom from emotional pain. Read Do I Have Enough Time To Create A Great Life?
A special section has been started that addresses Buddhism, including a "re-write" of the ideas so that they 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. 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.
This seems to be the most effective, reality-based system to use.
you the basis of living a life without suffering.
ordinary mind, not requiring one to reach Nirvana, but profound nonetheless.
- The "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.
With a Buddhism base, it teaches reality and gives you the means to learn it and see it.