12th July 12:45
The Buddhism that can be found on a newsgroup... (bit life)
doofy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Tell you a secret: Neither is the Buddhism found in anything else
You won't find the One True Buddhism anywhere.
All you'll find by looking for that is a huge mess of conflicting
opinions about what Buddhism should or shouldn't be.
And the Buddha didn't teach Buddhism - instead, his first, basic
teaching was for people to be generous. Not just with material goods:
generosity develops into a good-natured, benevolent attitude, even
towards people who adhere to things other than "true Buddhism", and
even towards oneself! It's a basic exercise in relaxing, removing
borderlines and other limits and obstacles, in opening up, unfolding
from one's clenched-up position, in loosening one's grip on things a
little bit, so one actually notices how hard one holds on.
Once generosity had become ingrained in his students, he'd go on to
teach about suffering, and its end.
Every man passes out of life as if he had just been born.
-- Epicurus (Vatican Sayings 60)