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Psychologists rediscover what the Buddha taught

I need to point out that many psychologists and schools that teach it have acknowledged the teachings left to us by the Buddha. The Buddha did not teach how the universe came into being, nor did he delve into biology, chemistry or any other science, as he said “I teach one thing and one only: that is, suffering and the end of suffering. Reading the story linked below, describes his teachings, as a new discovery.

http://www.theprovince.com/health/When+life+hands+lemons+science+positive+thinking/6901673/story.html

Avoid wrongdoing, Do good and Purify the mind,

This is the teaching of Buddhas.~ Dhammapada 183

The purification of the mind is to get rid of mental afflictions though training our mind, to concentrate on what is wholesome and right. To not dwell in the past, constantly revisiting our hurts, or triumphs. To not spend all our time thinking about a future that may never happen, the way we envision it. Rather to do the best we can right now, to achieve happiness for ourselves and all other beings. Mental afflictions include such things as depression, obsessive behaviors, greed, anxiety and all other unhealthy thought processes.

Achieving nirvana, a Sanskrit term meaning liberation or freedom from suffering, predates Buddhism, and is shared with Jainism, and Hinduism.

Living in the moment, is something the Buddha would have said as “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment”.

Acceptance of life, as it is in this moment, has been taught and expounded upon by Buddhist teachers, here are but a few quotes.

“Day by day, be content with whatever you have and satisfied with whatever happens. Everything else will fall naturally into place.”

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (Tibetan Lama 1910-1991)

“Who everywhere is free from all ties, who neither rejoices nor sorrows if fortune is good or is ill, his is a serene wisdom.”

Bhagavad Gita

The Buddha taught us to accept not only what we like, but what we do not like. To accept that a person who brings us joy today, may hurt us in the future. To accept that we make our world with our thoughts.

On non-acquisition, we learn in the Diamond Sutra there is no acquisition, because there is nothing to be obtained. Even the dharma that we use to achieve enlightenment, must be left behind, as it is only a raft to get us to the shore of nirvana. All is empty.

I will leave the comparisons here, and simply give the advice the Buddha gave us over 2600 years ago: Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.. The Buddha instructs us to test everything as we would test gold before buying it. I will close on the analogy of testing gold, as it seems fitting.

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4 thoughts on “Psychologists rediscover what the Buddha taught

  1. I love everything about this post and the beautiful writing. 🙂

    • Thank you for the kind comments. I looked at yours and decided to follow your blog. I tend to approach life in a practical sense, and my blog is about everyday life and how I implement my faith into my decisions. It does not matter to me which path you choose, it is only do you choose to follow that path, or just talk about it.

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