Buddha teachings on cultivating morality, cultivating Buddhism meditation, and cultivating the wisdom have the timeless values in life. And they are also the basis of Buddha teachings on life, which can help the humanity have a better mindful living.
To some extents, we can say that Buddha is the greatest self-help teacher of all times. Why is Buddha? Because of his own personal experience in searching and witnessing the fact of life, Buddha is really the one who knows clearly and exactly the methods of liberation from suffering. Hence, if you are really looking forward to understanding the basic of Buddha teachings on life and apply them to your practical life, this article is for you.
One of the golden rules of life is the rule of change. In fact, our life changes perpetually. No matter how good or bad karmas we create, life still goes on its pathway. Therefore, we neither go back to correct our mistakes nor hold our present life forever. That is the reason why Buddha asks the humanity to take care the spiritual life carefully.
By taking caution to the thoughts, voices, and actions, we can improve our life gradually. And, as the Buddhists, we have to commit to making effort to change themselves to achieve the Buddhism fruition. In sum, the self-effort is the key to getting used to the constant change of life as well as the happy and successful living.
Buddha Life is The Most Practical Example of Buddha Teachings
Before becoming Buddha, he used to be a normal person like us. However, the biggest difference thing between the Buddha and the average person in his time, maybe, he was born with a silver spoon. He was the Prince, lived in the wonderful palace, got married to a beautiful woman, and had a son. How perfect his life was! Fortunately, he had All things that most of us wish for: Fame, Power, Richness, Happy Family, and Success. If we research about Buddhism philosophies deeply, we will know that the perfect life of Buddha is the result of many good karmas he had seeded in many previous lives.
Nevertheless, Buddha is unlike any other person. He felt bored with the dark sides that he had witnessed: getting aging, then coming to the end of life. After that, he decided to leave All behind so as to find the real pathway to get escape from all the human sufferings. It can be said that Buddha is the bravest man in the world who is ready to give up All things that most men desire to have at least once in their lifetime.
In the journey of the truth seeker, Buddha had experienced difficult times in practicing the traditional Indian spiritual cultivations. Unfortunately, it was not useful to him. As a result, he had got the first failure while realizing his weak body lying down beside on the stream tiredly and his mind is exhausted.
The first failure had motivated Buddha to seek for a new spiritual practice. Finally, he had made effort to make great meditation period in forty-nine days. And, practices make perfect. He had discovered the universal truths as well as the most effective way to get escape from all human hardship and the best way to live meaningfully. After all, he had enlightened, witnessed the Pure Bliss and become the Buddha – “The enlightened one”.
So, The Basic of Buddha Teachings on Life is “Purifying The Mind”
Buddha had seriously meditated to purify his mind in forty-nine continuous days. And in the spiritual cultivation process, purifying our mind is the first step. It is really a hard task that requires time and strong self- effort. This is also the requirement throughout the process of cultivating Buddhism philosophies: the success will only occur after a great effort over the time.
So, how to purify our mind?
According to Buddha, if we want to purify our mind, we must keep our mind calm. So, how can we keep our mind calm? This is the big problem because our mind is usually covered with many thoughts. We will show you how to purify the mind, and you can see all the basic terms in Buddhism philosophies are available here.
First of all, if we want to purify our mind, we have to keep calm our mind. In the Buddhism philosophies, our mind is the root of sufferings because of its ignorance. The only way to keep our mind calm is to delete the ignorance.
And, the next question is “How to delete ignorance?”
In order to delete ignorance, we must cultivate our wisdom. Moreover, we also need to practice mindfulness meditation. Because the wisdom and the meditation are the solid basis for knowledge, it will be helpful for deleting ignorance. Besides that, we have to cultivate morality. Thus, we can say that the three basic including “Morality”, “Meditation”, and “Wisdom” are the life-blood of Buddhism philosophies. They are really the key tasks for those who want to delete ignorance – the root of the beach of suffering in this life.
According to Buddha, there are three aspects we ought to cultivate to plant good karma. They are the body, the mind, and voice. Hereby the detail introduction to cultivating them.
Everybody must commit to not do these things:
+ Killing other sentient beings.
+ Stealing others’ property.
+ Being illicit sexual indulgence
Everybody must delete “Three Poisons” which are the root of all guiltiness. “Three Poison” consists of greed, hatred, and illusion.
+ Greed: Committing not to be greedy to anything, especially something belonging to others.
+ Hatred: Nourishing the loving – compassion and kindness. Not intended to hurt anyone.
+ Illusion: Having no illusion about everything.
Change your words, change your world. So, let speak the nice words and avoid harmful words.
+ No telling lie.
+ Preventing from slander or words that could make hatred, enmity, or disharmony among the individuals or members in a group.
+ Never say rude or careless words, especially the malicious language.
To sum up, cultivating morality aims at both creating good seeds of karma and avoiding creating bad seeds of karma. In Buddhism philosophies, the term “karma” is related closely to “The law of causation” or “the law of cause and effect”. While cultivating morality, it means the Buddhists create good karmas (cause) and good karmas can bring them back positive results (effect). As mentioned above, Buddha was born with a silver spoon in mouth and had All great things because Buddha had planted a lot of good karma in his previous lives. This is the meaningful example of the Buddhism law of causation.
Cultivating Buddhism Meditation
The second basic in Buddhism philosophies is “meditation”. There are two basic types of meditation in Buddhism: mindfulness meditation and contemplation (Dhyana). The purpose of meditation is to create and maintain the calmness and alertness.
Why should we practice meditation? Hereby the reason: we are always controlled by our thoughts. If we look forward to deleting ignorance and purifying our mind, it is obligatory to practice Buddhism meditation.
In fact, the Buddhism mindfulness meditation is helpful for the calmness, one-pointed concentration, and living in joy and peace. Meanwhile, the contemplation is extremely useful for being aware of the real nature of all things and leading us to get escape from the reincarnation.
After practicing mindfulness meditation for forty-nine days, Buddha enlightened the universal facts, knew clearly the best way to liberate from all sufferings. Finally, Buddha had no longer been in the reincarnation.
For practices, the Buddhists can consider reading contents related to Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and his methods of mindfulness meditation. Besides that, you maybe find interested in Vipassana meditation – one of the sects of Buddhism contemplation.
In short, practicing the Buddhism meditation is also the essential step in deleting ignorance in order to purify our mind. Maybe, it is really hard for us at the beginnings. However, when we get used to cultivating Buddhism meditation, we will find it great.
Cultivating The Wisdom
In the Buddhism philosophies, wisdom is the knowledge of things and realization of truth. Depending on each Buddhism sect, the meaning of wisdom can be expressed a little differently. However, it is the first representative of the Buddha nature. And the second one is the loving-compassion. While discovering and practicing Buddhism philosophies, it will be a dismiss to not mention about cultivating the wisdom.
And, one of the subtlest theory about Buddhism wisdom is Prajna-paramita or “Transcendental Knowledge”. It is mentioned in the Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra (Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra). Its main philosophy is the achieving of wisdom – or “enlightenment” requires the liberation of heart. Simply, the wisdom is related to the heart. Although wisdom means “attaining truth by personal experience”, it still needs the feeling of heart.
Only if the heart connects to the wisdom, are the Buddhists enlightened? With the open-hearted goodwill, we are ready for liberating from all distinction, illusion, hatred, and greed. Liberation means “freedom”. In the Buddhism perspectives, “freedom” also means “emptiness”. While cultivating successful and achieving the “empty” state, there is no longer sorrow, sufferings. In other words, nothing can make us fall into bad moods and everything that can make us hurt are all deleted. Finally, we attain peace, joy, and real calmness – The real calmness comes from inside yourself after such a long time with the best effort. At this step, you will purify the mind successfully.
In conclusion, the pathway that Buddha had gone through is the Dharma pathway leading us the Nirvana. And by cultivating morality, cultivating Buddhism meditation, and cultivating the wisdom following by Buddha’s teachings, we can take steps by steps to liberate from all suffering.