Buddhism Is Not What You Think: Finding Freedom Beyond by Steve Hagen

By Steve Hagen

Bestselling writer and well known Zen instructor Steve Hagen penetrates the main crucial and enduring questions on the center of the Buddha's teachings: How do we see the area in each one second, instead of purely as what we expect, desire, or worry it's? How do we base our activities on fact, instead of at the longing and loathing of our hearts and minds? How will we reside lives which are clever, compassionate, and in track with truth? and the way will we separate the knowledge of Buddhism from the cultural trappings and misconceptions that experience turn out to be linked to it?

Drawing on down-to-earth examples from daily life and tales from Buddhist lecturers earlier and current, Hagen tackles those basic inquiries along with his trademark lucid, effortless prose. The newcomer to Buddhism could be encouraged via this obtainable and provocative creation, and people extra conversant in Buddhism will welcome this a lot wanted hands-on consultant to knowing what it actually capability to be wide awake. by way of being challenged to question what we take with no consideration, we come to determine the realm because it really is. Buddhism isn't really What You Think deals a profound and transparent route to a lifetime of pleasure and freedom.

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By Steve Hagen

Bestselling writer and well known Zen instructor Steve Hagen penetrates the main crucial and enduring questions on the center of the Buddha's teachings: How do we see the area in each one second, instead of purely as what we expect, desire, or worry it's? How do we base our activities on fact, instead of at the longing and loathing of our hearts and minds? How will we reside lives which are clever, compassionate, and in track with truth? and the way will we separate the knowledge of Buddhism from the cultural trappings and misconceptions that experience turn out to be linked to it?

Drawing on down-to-earth examples from daily life and tales from Buddhist lecturers earlier and current, Hagen tackles those basic inquiries along with his trademark lucid, effortless prose. The newcomer to Buddhism could be encouraged via this obtainable and provocative creation, and people extra conversant in Buddhism will welcome this a lot wanted hands-on consultant to knowing what it actually capability to be wide awake. by way of being challenged to question what we take with no consideration, we come to determine the realm because it really is. Buddhism isn't really What You Think deals a profound and transparent route to a lifetime of pleasure and freedom.

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Our very quickness to express things in terms of good and evil is what creates divisiveness and human misery. When we see this, we can begin to act wisely. When we catch ourselves adrift in our divisive thoughts, or when we get caught up in our judgments about “them” (or “us”), we can bring ourselves back to this. All we need is a little bit of attention, a little bit of reflection, and a little bit of patience. See confusion as confusion. Acknowledge suffering as suffering. Feel pain and sorrow and divisiveness.

It cannot be diagrammed or written out. It cannot be held as a possession of mind. And how kind of Han-shan to point all this out. There’s only this one place: right here, right now. ” To be here is freedom from insanity, fear, worry, struggle, striving, the urgent desire to control, and the habitual yearning for security and escape from pain. [  ] Buddhism is not what you think When Han-shan writes, “Whenever I see people, I only say, ‘aim for Cold Mountain,’ ” this is his invitation to each of us just to be here.

After all, religion is fundamentally about direct Knowledge of Truth. Thus, all religion needs to require of people is an earnest desire to know, to see, to wake up. This is enough. Unfortunately, in practice, religion makes wide use of beliefs—beliefs about how we got here, what our purpose is, where we ’re going, and so forth—all in a desperate attempt to make sense of the world and our experience in it. As Joseph Campbell put it, religion short-circuits the religious experience by putting it into concepts.

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