A Brief Guide to Buddhism

Brief introduction

A Brief Guide to Buddhism 

'Buddhism’ is a modern western term, not one traditionally used elsewhere. In the past people, if they referred to their practice at all, were disciples of the buddha or followers of the path, it is a subtle point but one worthy of pointing out.

Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to insight into the true nature of life. (Ayacana Sutta) The Buddha says the Dharma is deep, hard to see, hard to realize, peaceful, refined, beyond the scope of conjecture, subtle, and to-be-experienced by the observant. 

Buddhist practices are a means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow such a path, a path that aims for enlightenment or Buddhahood.

The principles of Buddhist teachings are straightforward and practical nothing is fixed, or permanent, actions have consequences: change is possible. Thus, Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race nationality, or gender.

Buddhism teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable people to realise and use its teachings to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives, and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.