Meditation is in the news a lot today. We hear a lot about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation on our health and its impact on our mind. This has lead a lot of curious people to look deeper into the meditative traditions, of which Buddhism is a major contributor.
My intention with this blog is not to convert people to Buddhism or spread the Buddha's teachings. If you have an affinity for these teachings I think that you will naturally pursue your interest and follow your heart wherever it leads you. I write to share my experience of a practice tradition, in hopes that it will inspire those of you who are interested in starting your own practice and connect with those of you who already have a strong practice.
A lot of people who are interested in meditation ask me about Buddhism. If you happen to be one of those people here are some good places to start reading:
The Four Noble Truths which is the first discourse the Buddha gave after his enlightenment.
Practice Essentials which form the basis for any Buddhist practitioner.
Impermanence and its impact on our life.
Karma and the importance of our choices.
Liberation and what is truly beneficial.
The Buddha, and his story.
Refuge and the important role of a teacher in our practice.
Compassion, the essence of the practice.
Our best tool, meditation.
Wisdom and realization.
The importance of the Sangha, or community of practitioners.
Generosity and doing work that matters.
The importance of starting.