Posted by Michael Pollard (126.96.36.199) on October 02, 2000 at 10:17:51:
In Reply to: What is Buddhism posted by Judith R. Matkari on October 02, 2000 at 02:16:04:
Well, in many respects Buddhism is the oldest form of phycology. It focuses on mind, and the nature is mind. I wouldn't say were grasping for things, but rather trying to let go. The thing which brings suffering is ego, this large chunk of habits, beliefs, and a subconscious habit of seeing ourselves as independant of everything out side of our bodys and minds. Buddhism, while it has many different empowerments, rituals, and
a large body of teachings, mainly levels aim on ego, to dispense with ego. So, that is what Buddhism is, to rid ourselves of self image of ego and to understand the real nature of mind and the world. The traditions and practices that have risen about this simple (or not so simple) goal are mostly methods of measuring and facilitating our advancement; they come secondary to meditation, the 8 fold path, and the 4 nobal truths. That's my comment, Metta.
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