Saturday, May 21, 2011

About Buddhism

Buddhism is a path not simply of faith but also of reason and knowledge, says the Dalai Lama

From the Buddhist point of view, the minds of ordinary people are weak and distorted because of the delusion and emotional afflictions they carry within themselves. As a result, they are unable to see things as they actually exist; what they see is a vision that is twisted and defined by their own emotional neuroses and preconceptions.

The purpose of Buddhism is to remove these distortions from the mind and facilitate valid perception. When we eradicate the delusions, we start seeing reality as it is. This benefits everyone — both in this life and in those that follow. Therefore, Buddhism is a path not simply of faith but one also of reason and knowledge.

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