“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – The Buddha
Each of us must follow our own path to enlightenment. We all come from different places with different life experiences and there are many paths. Our destination is the same but it is a journey that we must each take alone. The Buddha has given us the path, it is for each of us to follow it.
My journey in life has led me to Buddhism. Growing up, I had the opportunity to attended different churches and congregations. Over the years, I have studied various religions as well All of them had their good points but they required me to believe some things on blind faith. My mind does not really work that way. It made me feel like something was wrong with me. Why were so many other people able to believe but not me? Growing up in a Christian household when you are an atheist is not exactly easy. Whenever I questioned beliefs, I was constantly being told that it was either blasphemous or that I needed to have faith.
Buddhism found me under unique circumstances. It is not where or how you would think one would learn about Buddhism and the Buddhist philosophy. During a protest, I met some activist that were extremely outspoken. As I got to know them, I discovered they were Buddhist and learned more about Buddhism. The more that I learned about Buddhism from them, the more I realized that I finally found a religion or philosophy that was similar to my own beliefs.
There are many paths to enlightenment and my path was different than my new found friends. In Buddhism there are a number of different sects, sub-sects, and movements with different doctrines, philosophies, traditions, and cultural facets. Keeping true to one of the Buddha’s teachings, the Kalama Sutta, I am still learning and keeping an open mind to the many different Buddhist teachings. I do not subscribe of follow a certain Buddhist discipline or tradition.
If you are new to Buddhism or want to know more about Buddhism, I would suggest that you visit one of your local meditation or teaching centers. It is important that you understand the basics, the truth, and follow the path. Buddhism is about discovering the truth. Examine all that you hear, keep an open mind, and question everything.
As I continue my journey, I thought that I would share it will those who take the time out of their lives to read it. Buddhism has helped me to have a meaningful life with some sense of purpose. It has given me a path to living a virtuous life. I hope that you will find the information on my website, calendar, or journal useful and helpful as you take your own journey.
“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama XIV
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