What the Buddha taught

Upon discovering the way to liberation from suffering the Buddha went to his former companions who had abandoned him. Noticing his changed disposition they listened and realised that he had reached their common goal.

He taught them that everything without exception is impermanent, that to understand otherwise is the cause of suffering, and that the most expedient way to liberation is to accept the impermanence of the self (non-self).

The Buddha summarised it in this way:

      1. life is suffering,
      2. it is cause by our desires (thirst),
      3. to cease suffering one must detach from desires, and
      4. the way to do it is by having correct
        1. understanding
        2. thought
        3. speech
        4. action
        5. livelihood
        6. effort
        7. mindfulness
        8. concentration

He also taught the nature our personality (skandha) and explained what the chain of rebirth (paticca-samuppada) is in detail so that we can deal with it practically. He taught that we must end rebirth (samsara) and not to perpetuate it by sowing the seeds (karma) that bring about further becoming, and he showed that a careful moderate lifestyle will quell future becoming.

He taught this one teaching (Dharma) for forty-five years until he died from accidental food poisoning.

4 thoughts on “What the Buddha taught

  1. landzek

    … i’ve also often wondered if “proper“ can be taught.

    I mean to me if you have to teach someone this way of spiritual living then it kind of in my mind contradicts that you’re actually learning something spiritual. It’s really seems to me more like an ideological “proper” way, like this way is better than the other way.

    Also I would have to also ask myself if suffering is so bad? Why is suffering bad? And in what way does this world materialize because of suffering?

    What if everything is all good what if I’m not suffering? Does that mean this world doesn’t exist am I in lightened?

    I’m kind of being a devils advocate because I know what all the stuff means but, it is in my nature not to leave every stone unturned.

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    1. signature103 Post author

      Suffering doesn’t end. Cutting desires does not “rid” suffering but it detaches us from suffering.

      And without suffering there is no (need for) enlightenment. So to become enlightened we ironically need suffering.

      So, yes, I agree there is nothing wrong with enlightenment whatsoever.

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  2. landzek

    I’ve often pondered weather Siddhartha came to some understanding through some contemplative realization, or whether something happened that was beyond his ability for conception to cause or make occur?

    I’ve often wondered this because I can’t help but think whether he is talking about just the way that you get by in life, like a healthy way of living a healthy way of approaching things that you have to deal with in life, or if when you come to this proper understanding your body will dematerializing become one with the cosmos?

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    1. signature103 Post author

      I don’t think there is any hocus-pocus anywhere in his original teachings. More taken and twisted like Nietzsche’s philosophy was.

      “Text, like dead men, have no rights,” a wise Bible scholar once said. Writing anything is like giving birth to a life. It goes its own way as it grows. “Maturing” is how I like to think of it. But sometimes those kids go to jail for going down the wrong path. Haha.

      Nope, to me, get rid of the superstitious stuff from Buddhism and you have down-to-earth practical teaching on your hands.

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