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Brief Introduction To Buddhism Notes By Roosh V http://www.rooshv.com In Spring of 2009 I picked up What The Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula and after reading each chapter I went on the internet for more explanation on concepts mentioned in the book. I took notes on everything so that I could consult with them later, as the beliefs espoused by Buddhism matched very closely to my own. Below are the notes that I took. I never planned on making these public so unfortunately I didn’t add sources to each quote and paraphrase, but everything you’re about to read has come from one of the following places: checkbld Walpola Rahula’s What The Buddha Taught checkbld Buddhapadipa Temple: http://www.buddhapadipa.org/ checkbld Buddhism and Insight: http://web.ukonline.co.uk/buddhism/dhmasami.htm checkbld Buddhist Studies: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/buddhism/ checkbld Dharma Notes: http://www.geocities.com/tribhis/dharmanotes.html checkbld Fundamentals Of Buddhism: http://www.buddhanet.net/fundbud.htm checkbld The Path To Freedom: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/ Enjoy… Belief & Faith o “It is an undeniable fact that as long as there is doubt, perplexity, wavering, no progress is possible. It is also equally undeniable that there must be doubt as long as one does not understand or see clearly. But in order to progress further is it is absolutely necessary to get rid of doubt. To get rid of doubt one has to see clearly.” o More faith (“I believe”) will not resolve doubt. o If you know and see, there is no need for a belief. See through knowledge and wisdom, not faith o “To the seeker after Truth it is immaterial from where an idea comes. The source and development of an idea is a matter for the academic. In fact, in order to understand Truth, it is not necessary even to know whether the teaching comes from the Buddha, or from anyone else. What is essential is seeing the thing, understanding it.” o “It is quite clear that the Buddha’s teaching is meant to carry man to safety, peace, happiness, tranquility, the attainment of Nirvana. The whole doctrine taught by the Buddha leads to this end. He did not say things just to satisfy intellectual curiosity. He was a practical teacher and taught only those things which would bring peace and happiness to man.” The Four Noble Truths o Dukkha square4 Definition: whatever is impermanent or changing square4 There is a dark side to pleasure when it is removed. Detachment and objectivity is true liberation. Detachment brings freedom from suffering square4 “Pleasurable experiences are also dukkha because they contain the seeds of dissatisfaction within them. A gardener can get great pleasure from his garden only if he accepts the fact that seasonal conditions vary.” Don’t rely on circumstances.
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square4 The concept of a permanent self is a prime source of mental pain.
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