posted on Nov, 19 2013 @ 08:30 AM
Either this discussion is to esoteric for me or the Buddhist teachings and societies I have been around did not read into his thoughts as the premises
of this thread. True he was a Royal prince who was deeply moved by the meaning of life. True he gave all those comforts up on his quest for
enlightenment. Once he became enlightened (which is not to be confused with trying to get there) his teachings then became more about life's
path to peace, tranquility, harmony and happiness. The middle path of life of life can end much suffering and the route cause of most suffering comes
with enlightenment and can be avoided by simply stopping what is causing the suffering; death and happiness are all part of this life as it has been
since forever. .
As a child, Siddhartha the Buddha, was troubled by some of the same thoughts that children today have. They wonder about birth and death. They wonder
why they get sick and why grandfather died. They wonder why their wishes do not come true. Children also wonder about happiness and the beauty in
nature. There is still a child in all of us.
"The kind of seed sown will produce that kind of fruit. Those who do good will reap good results. Those who do evil will reap evil results. If you
carefully plant a good seed and nurture it's cycle you will joyfully gather good fruit."
Is a common belief with the Buddhist I have been around and I even married one.
Buddha sat and pondered/meditated for many years before his enlightenment and he had an extremely hard (self imposed) time during this period. Once
enlightened he went to the city and sought out 5 holy men who he explained his new philosophy to and they became his first disciples. That was a
miracle in itself IMO.
I am not sticking up for Buddha so please do not think I am. I have lived in Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian countries all over the world and for my
two cents worth as a society the Buddhist are hard to beat with their respect and philosophy of life. They do not live in fear of some sky god's
revenge for the revenge they will face is through their own actions and karma. Simple belief and seems to work for them.
Noble Eightfold Path:
1. Right View. The right way to think about life is to see the world through the eyes of the Buddha--with wisdom and compassion.
2. Right Thought. We are what we think. Clear and kind thoughts build good, strong characters.
3. Right Speech. By speaking kind and helpful words, we are respected and trusted by everyone.
4. Right Conduct. No matter what we say, others know us from the way we behave. Before we criticize others, we should first see what we do ourselves.
5. Right Livelihood. This means choosing a job that does not hurt others. The Buddha said, "Do not earn your living by harming others. Do not seek
happiness by making others unhappy."
6. Right Effort. A worthwhile life means doing our best at all times and having good will toward others. This also means not wasting effort on things
that harm ourselves and others.
7. Right Mindfulness. This means being aware of our thoughts, words, and deeds.
8. Right Concentration. Focus on one thought or object at a time. By doing this, we can be quiet and attain true peace of mind.
Following the Noble Eightfold Path can be compared to cultivating a garden, but in Buddhism one cultivates one's wisdom. The mind is the ground and
thoughts are seeds. Deeds are ways one cares for the garden. Our faults are weeds. Pulling them out is like weeding a garden. The harvest is real and
Also as in any other religion there are different sects and beliefs once mankind starts messing with the original message... The movie Avatar had many
of the principles of the Buddhist way of life IMO without the floaty white thingies....