To many people Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. It is a philosophy because philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. The Buddhist path can be summed up as; to lead a moral life, to be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions, and to develop wisdom and understanding. This can lead to happiness for oneself and others. Developing compassion, the wanting to end the suffering of others is fundamental to Buddhist philosophy and is the foundation for all practice.
Buddhism teaches that wisdom should be developed with compassion. At one extreme, you could be kindhearted but a fool and at the other extreme, you could attain knowledge without any emotion or compassion. Buddhism uses the middle path to develop both compassion and wisdom. True wisdom is not simply, believing what we are told but instead experiencing and understanding truth and reality. Wisdom requires an open, objective, unbigoted mind. The Buddhist path requires courage, patience, flexibility and intelligence.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a man of peace.
In 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression.
His Holiness has travelled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents. He has met with presidents, prime ministers and crowned rulers of major nations. He has held dialogues with the heads of different religions and many well-known scientists.
Since 1959 His Holiness has received over 84 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc, in recognition of his message of peace, non-violence, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. His Holiness has also authored more than 72 books.
**2019 - Enquiries welcome
2019 Community Retreats
You and your Sangha members can enjoy a full month on Retreat for less than £8* per person per day (£56 per week)
For those unable to commit to a whole month, providing your Sangha (Group) has booked the month you can 'relay' members to enable all your friends to benefit from our affordable Retreat.
*Based on 8 members - self catering
Peace of mind - "the absence of mental stress or anxiety"
All living beings have the same basic wish to be happy and avoid suffering, but very few people understand the real causes of happiness and suffering.
We generally believe that external conditions e.g. material posessions and money are the real causes of happiness, and as a result we devote time and energy to acquiring these.
Superficially it seems that these things can make us happy, but if we look more deeply we shall see that they also bring us suffering and problems.
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