Buddhism is that simple. The difficult aspect is staying on the path. We are often tempted to stray… in our minds, our thoughts, our actions, and so. This is due to human nature. Or, better stated, a weak mind. This manifests in our inability to follow through with that which we know is good for us, beneficial, and above all, that which we are capable so as to improve our lives.
This is the curse of us humans. It is also our greatest ability. It is because we have freedom of choice. We can opt to use our minds in a fruitful way. That is, we can make good, sound, conscious decisions in our life to bring about the wisest possible choice. But, only if we choose to do so.
When we make sound decisions we are walking the Buddhist path of life. This can be accomplished by anyone that seeks deep inner peace, anyone that is willing to persevere and use their mind to its fullest capability. In this way we see things how they really are as opposed to how we have been conditioned to see them.
Wisdom is the guiding principle in Buddhism. You as the practitioner will experience peace and equanimity in life as wisdom is gained and ignorance is shed. This is the way you walk the Buddhist path of life. Slowly, as truth is seen and experienced, a new person emerges within you.
The person that follows the path of Gotama Buddha gains a fresh view of life based on seeing life as it really is. This in turn allows for the release of the various conditions that bind you, conditions or situations that distress you. The truth of reality with regard to every aspect of life is realized. This is why ‘truth’ and ‘reality’ are often mentioned in Buddhism.
This process though, the attainment of wisdom, is a slow one. It takes time.
As Buddha said, “This dhamma is difficult to see, difficult to understand, yet profound, deep …”
So, patience is a virtue here. With small steps a great journey is endeavored.
Once you taste a small morsel of truth though, or maybe even a large one, you release a load, or a burden, that you may not have realized you have been carrying. You then see the value in and the meaning of the words that the wise sage, the Buddha, left for us. You will understand why his teachings have been considered a ‘guiding light’, or the ‘lamp that lights the way’.
A critical aspect of Buddhism is training your mind to be mindful. Think of mindful as being the opposite of mindless. We have all been mindless at some point in our life. When you see people behaving in a mindless manner we often react in disgust. The accomplished Buddhist though, knows mindless people simply lack wisdom. They are exhibiting their ignorance. They are ignorant to truth.
The Buddha taught his followers to strengthen their minds even though this is difficult to do. The mind, he says, ‘leans here, leans there, it is difficult to control’. One that is accomplished is able to control that which arises in the mind, is able to see that which arises for what it truly is, and is therefore able to forego any need to become mindless.
This is Buddhism.
May your path be fruitful through your wise choices, like an unseen lamp that lights your way!