Posted by David on November 07, 1998 at 05:44:33:
In Reply to: Confusion about the purpose of teachings posted by Paul Moore on November 04, 1998 at 07:49:28:
If the 4 Noble Truth and 8-Fold Path make sense to you, that can be enough. All of the teachings and methods of Buddhism fall within the 4 Noble Truths. If you investigate and practice according to them, and continue to study the aspects of Buddhism with them as your guidelines, things can slowly become clearer and clearer concerning your questions.
As to the ultimate goal of Buddhism, your current "take" is not bad. The ultimate goal can be said to be... be here, and be clear, now. In this way, you can observe for yourself what is and what is not a soul, and what is and what is not you who observes. Even, what is and what is not reincarnation. Just this simple present moment contains all the answers. Practicing in this way - gradually more here, more clear - one will naturally become more benefitting to others as well.
The reply to Craig may also be relevant to this.
Hope this helps, in addition to Bob's.
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