Buddhism in its original form was not a theistic religion. Gautama Buddha was a teacher, not a deity. He was and is revered as a teacher and savior but not as s prophet or God.

His thesis is basically that to escape unhappiness we need to extinguish part of our natural makeup, which he describes as desire, or as it is often translated, "craving."

His most famous exposition of the theory is in his Fire Sermon which I give below in it's entirety. It is sometimes referred to as Buddhism's Sermon on the Mount.

Is Gautama right?

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To a certain extent - yes. I'm not a Buddhist, but I can ascribe to some of the information.
I've become very selective of all attachments in my life, that is for sure!!!

I also!

I really like this quote: 

Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering.

― Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Takes some of the fun out of the seven deadly sins, don't you think?

Here in the States it seems that any form of introspection is commended. I've travelled around the world, and in airports from Nandi in Fiji to Luxor in Egypt, every airport has a stand of English books. In the Mediterranean, they are predominantly crime books like Agatha Christie, in Egypt they are Romance styled, in Fiji they are oddly mostly children's stories. However, here in the USA there's a noticeable preponderance of self-help books. Startlingly so, really.

People in the US like to say, "I've learned something today", "I'm working on my inner xxxxx", etc..

Personally it seems that most of these 'introspective' books spend most of their pages stating the obvious. I'm happy being me, and don't need to strive for some kind of inner harmony. Buddhism is more of the same.

If it's not broke, don't fix it ;)
"Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so.".....

I think introspective tHinking has a place and it is important for trauma survivors to be able to re-build a new "normal," but introspective preponderance can become a toxic trap. It's important to know when to get in and when to get out. Staying entrenched in "self" is pretty dangerous, so I tHink being able to "just be" is harder for some than others. Learning a healthy level of detachment is (I think) very important.
To do is to be, to be is to do.... Doobiedoobiedo...

Doobieous logic, there, Strega.

Don't be a doobie.

I guess I just got smoked in that exchange.

You're a doobie, brother.

But Jesus is NOT just all right with me.


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