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The Buddha

April 19, 2010

Born as Prince Siddhatha Guatama, at the age of 27 he set out, leaving his new born son, his beautiful wife, Siddhartha set out to uncover the reason behind suffering.

This question about life, suffering is the same question that drove the ancient Yogis to the mountains, however, at his time, the Vedic philosophy created a society that was highly segregated between castes, you were bound to your place for life, the only escape is through death and rebirth.

A philosophy of freedom, Yoga, was limited to only those who were in the highest class, the Brahmins.

Siddhartha joins the seekers, those who leave their place in society search for truth. Little did he know that he was joining the path of those who created the philosophy he was leaving.

Like Jesus, Siddhatha was dissatisfied with the way society was allowing its individuals to experience the larger meaning for life, the point behind this suffering, and he set out to find his answer.

He spent 6 years, learning all forms of physical austerities, yoga postures, meditation and even pleasure. He experienced sublime states, beyond samadhi even. Yet he was still unsatisfied. Until one day, after he received water from a little girl, sitting under the bodhi tree, the tree of knowledge, he has an epiphany. A light turned on, and everything clicked.

There is suffering. Desire creates suffering. We cause our own suffering in our mind. To escape suffering we must follow the 8-path fold. In our core we are divine joy, and if we only relax into what is, without adding or subtracting, doing what we are suppose to be doing, perfectly aware of how our desires affect the moment, each of us can experience the divine that we are already.

One does not need to wait for the priests to consider one divine, nor does one need to die many deaths and experience many painful rebirths. The heaven is in the here and now. And to be here, now, without desire, takes practice. the 8 fold practice, we now call Buddhism.

The Buddha taught that can return to the here now by relaxing into the moment and accepting what ever is happening in the moment. These are the basic precepts for mindfulness.

Next to Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha….

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