Buddhism is a philosophy of life (not a religion) based on the teachings left by Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who lived approximately between 563 and 483 BC in Nepal. This philosophy is broadcast worldwide and seen by some as a religion, although the Buddha is not considered a God and his teachings have nothingmystical.
The goal of Buddhism is to make each release from suffering and find happiness.There is no God, no liturgy, no holy book.Therefore, Buddhism is a unique lifestyle nonsectarian, which can be followed by anyone, even practicing a religion.
The main teaching of Buddhism is focused on what is commonly called The Four Noble Truths, and the last of which unfolds in the Noble Eightfold Path, apractice of eight steps to lead people to happiness.
[Box type = "info"] The word "Buddha" means "enlightened." So every person who frees himself from suffering and attains happiness becomes a buddha. When talking about the historical Buddha, is referring to Siddhartha Gautama, who was among the first to achieve enlightenment and the one who passed the teachings for a large number of people. Oh,and this historical Buddha has nothing to do with the figure of the chubby bald smiley, that is the only representation of a Chinese monk folk. [/ Box]
Due to the difficulties of translation and oral transmission of teachings in many places -including Wikipedia - the Four Noble Truths are presented as follows: "Life is suffering, the cause of suffering is desire, the cessation of suffering is tosee free from desire, the way to do it is the Eightfold Path. "
Let us now see how it would be more appropriate interpretation of the Four Noble Truths.
Popularized in translation, we have that "life is suffering." But just look at the teachings of the Buddha to note that he never define something as wonderful as life as "suffering."
What the Buddha meant was that life did not become aware ofwho is out of the shaft, is heading into the wrong direction, is out of balance. It is this imbalance that leads to suffering.It's like a car that had a broken axle and therefore stay running in circles and never get where you want.
"Life is pain and what causes suffering is desire." The version which we disagree says the cause of suffering is desire. But what would life be without desires,without the motivation of growth?The man would not have gotten where he arrived was not his desire for knowledge, for progress - with all its positive and negative consequences.
The reason we suffer is the desire out of time, the habit of always trying to anticipate the future, wanting more and more, or be remembering the past and never enjoy the present moment.
If we are never satisfied with thepresent moment, we are always wanting something else. This is the main cause of suffering. If we are present, living fully in the present moment, there is no "want" and "do not want". It would be in abundance.
The moment you want or do not want is the moment you leave the now, the present moment, and there, then this leads to suffering. (Rodney Downey)
The third noble truth is traditionally countedas the extinction of desire to end suffering. But it was not exactly what the Buddha said.
The word used by the historical Buddha was nirvana , which means delete. However, according to the philosophy of that era, when a flame is extinguished, it is said that the flame was free.When it lights up, captures the flame.
Deleting a desire, in this sense, means to free him. When we abandon attachmentto the "I want" and "I do not want," enters our lives in balance. We finally free.
Do not delete your desires, they are a necessary motivation for life. Just detach is always wanting something more and leaving to live in the present moment, leaving to live life.
The Noble Eightfold Path is the way in which the human being can free himself from attachment to desire. Eight attitudes that must...