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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Purpose of Religion

Many people misunderstand Buddhism. Even some professors of Buddhist studies look at just the words and interpret what the Buddha taught very literally. They don't understand his methods, which are the real essence of his teachings. In my opinion, the most important aspect of any religion is its methods: how to put that religion into your own experience. The better you understand that, the more effective your religion becomes. Your practice becomes so natural, so realistic; you easily come to understand your own nature, your own mind, and you don't get surprised by whatever you find in it. Then, when you understand the nature of your own mind, you'll be able to control it naturally; you won't have to push so hard; understanding naturally brings control.

by Lama Thubten Yeshe

James's comment: This is a really good teaching. An excellent reminder not to get too caught up in the concepts and philosphy of Buddhism and to concentrate on one's practice of meditation and mindfulness. This is something that I am doing better with I think but can always have improvement upon. This is a wonderful and gentle reminder.

P.S.~Isn't he just adorable?? I want to give him a big hug and kiss his bald head.

-Peace to all beings-

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moonpointer said...

Indeed is it crucial to see the difference between thinking about the truth and realising the truth. True spiritual experience is tasting truth through practice, not musing over it detail... which sadly, many intellectuals take to be a worthy enough "experience" of religion.

bricotrout said...

i am very pleased to have come across your site. i shall link it asap with great gladdness. i used to sit at dorje zong in boulder many years ago and studied with pema chodrin at gampo abbey for a year.
where are you at in colorado?
where do you play disc golf?

"James" said...

moon: yeah, nothing beat practice when it comes to "religion." I like to think that spirituality is active practice whereas religion is thinking about spirituality.

bricotrout: I am happy that this blog makes you happy. Dorje zong and Pema Codrin are beautiful people. I am in Ft. Collins, Colorado and I play disc golf in Ft. Collins. Glad to have you aboard!! Peace be with you.

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