saw the pain of the world all about.
"Everyone has an arrow in his heart,
and I see how to take it out."
Pain is inherent in life,
Suffering, however, is needless.
But we can learn to know ourselves;
The Eight-Fold Path
And here is how that task is done:
Right views, intent and meditation,
The deepest truth we need to know,
Over and over egos are born
Each new personality and life,
If somehow you become enlightened,
You break the cycle of Rebirth,
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: Origional Buddhism was not nonsense---and it was not religion. It was PSYCHOTHERAPY.
And good Psychotherapy---and still is. But the doctrines of reincarnation, karma and nirvana were added later by enthusiastic diciples---along with a host of other superstitions like prayer wheels, prayer flags, demons etc. Subsequent followers could not resist the temptation to wrap this fine philosophy in crazy superstitions like all the other major religions. Tibetan Buddhism evolved into a theocracy with the monk class exploiting the working class. I don't know how I feel about Japanese Zen Buddhism--they focus on the enlightenment aspect--and leave off the superstition.
Perhaps some of my readers have a better take on the evolution of Buddhism to its current state.
Next up: HINDUISM-- (my finest poem I promise you)
ADDENDUM: I urge my readers to scroll down to the comment posted by Michael for a profound take on this series.
It delights me that I have readers of such acumen.