Adaptation is key to survival, even when it requires us to challenge our old worldviews. Coming from a religious background, I learned a few lessons along the way. Buddhism is an ancient compilation of wisdom, not divinely inspired, needing to be tested and accepted for what it is. Let’s draw from multiple sources for optimal growth and dispel self-delusion.
Ignorance may be natural, but “being ignorant isn’t a bad thing.” Buddhism teaches two core concepts, Impermanence and No-Self, that provide insight to help us understand why it’s important to not just accept our ignorance, but use it as an opportunity to learn more and grow.
In a time of rampant misinformation, rely on yourself and your judgment to identify truth and trustworthiness. Wisdom lies in testing out ideas for yourself, and recognizing liars for what they are. Don’t be a victim of manipulation; take control of your reason and discernment.
As Buddhists, we can use the teachings of impermanence and the imperfect nature of the human brain to deal with the difficult times of today. We can accept that change is constant, witness the truth of the underlying motivations of those in power, and look deep within ourselves for real truth.
“Let’s stop avoiding conversations about the differences between us and take the time to understand why our friends, relatives, and coworkers think or believe a certain way. Together, we can reject the insanity of believing that those unlike us are the enemy.”
The Five Precepts of Buddhism are essential to helping adherents focus on their path and create an environment of growth and self-discovery. Abstaining from killing, stealing, hedonism, false speech, and drugs/alcohol helps us avoid distractions and create space for mindful reflection and understanding.
Discover how Buddhist philosophy encourages us to accept life’s uncertainties and the idea that actions have consequences. Understand the role Buddhism plays in other cultures and the original teachings that it does not involve worshipping or venerating gods or spirits.