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The inspiration in Buddhism
It occurred to me that we all have different things that inspire us about Buddhism. It might be nice to build a list of these, so that we can help inspire eachother, and maybe find new sources of inspiration. I’ll give you a few of mine…
- The slow, peaceful pace of Thich Nhat Hanh’s walking meditation
- The spacious way a sitting Buddha statue radiates medativeness
- The mindfulness bell
- The look of a buddhist shrine, often with flowers and nature
The insight and perspective the philosophy and practice offer
The kindness and openness of a monastic
The way Buddhism just makes sense.
A religion focused on actually doing something.
Open to and embracing of rationality and science.
Non-dogmatic or ritualistic.
Inclusive of all people and not hostile to other religions.
We are the Buddha ripple … not the raspberries.
Serve to survive … but who, why and how? Ourselves if we are selfish and know no better. Or the greatest good we can muster, imagine, find.
It's always still there, no matter how many times abandoned.
What inspired me from Buddhism...?
The proposal of breaking what science has proven to be our natural path according to the data we can obtain through observation and experimentation. In Buddhism, "karmic clouds" decide what science defines as genetics, culture, personality, and so on... being able to break away -not in a nihilistic way of course, just like the Buddha said (paraphrasing) "what had to be done is done"- from it as the path to cease the continuation of suffering.
The Buddha and his teachings being overall a peaceful and realistic approach to reality which puts no emphasis on death to others or oneself), control over others (except one's own actions), and revenge. Also a strong focus on kindness...
Kindness that @Kotishka mentions is the ultimate relaxation/peace generation practice.
Be at peace with:
Gently, gently does it …