Buddhism for lazybones

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Basic introduction to teachings of Buddha, based on materials of http://www.berzinarchives.com

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Buddhism for lazybones

  1. Buddhism?
  2. Dharma!
  3. Dharma = preventive measure
  4. prevent what ?
  5. prevent problems
  6. Buddha taught four facts of life
  7. 1 There are problems in life
  8. 1 There are problems in life 2 These problems have causes
  9. 1 There are problems in life 2 These problems have causes 3 It is possible to stop all problems
  10. 1 There are problems in life 2 These problems have causes 3 It is possible to stop all problems 4 In order to do that we need to use preventive measures
  11. 1 There are problems in life What kind of problems?
  12. 1 There are problems in life physical pains ! sickness ! emotional pains! depression anxiety fear
  13. 1 There are problems in life impermanence ! «All compounded things are subject to decay. Strive with diligence.» Buddha
  14. 1 There are problems in life problems never end
  15. 2 These problems have causes What are these causes?
  16. 2 These problems have causes Confusion!
  17. 2 These problems have causes Confusion! about behavioral cause and effect about how we and others exist and about how the world exists.
  18. 2 These problems have causes behavioral cause and effect confusion self-destructive behavior problems
  19. 2 These problems have causes behavioral cause and effect «If you’ve done something I don’t like, I’ll scream at you, and everything would be fine.» ! «If I have problem, I can just distract myself and that will solve it.» ! «If I would be slim enough, everyone would love me.»
  20. 2 These problems have causes how we and others exist and about how the world exists Because of our confusion and insecurity, we often act destructively without even knowing that it is destructive behavior.
  21. 3 It is possible to stop all problems Those who have eliminated all confusion in themselves are Buddhas
  22. 3 It is possible to stop all problems How?
  23. 4 In order to do that we need to use preventive measures We need to develop a state of mind that is free of confusion. The opposite of confusion, understanding, will prevent confusion from arising. !
  24. 4 In order to do that we need to use preventive measures That means being willing to see things in ourselves that are not so nice, things we would rather deny. When we notice things that are causing our problems or are symptoms of our problems, we need to apply opponents to overcome them. !
  25. 4 In order to do that we need to use preventive measures All of this is based on study and meditation. We have to learn to identify disturbing emotions and attitudes and where they come from.
  26. meditation!
  27. meditation = to build up a positive habit
  28. Meditation means that we practice applying the various opponents in a controlled situation so that we become familiar with how to apply them and can then do so in real life. For example, if we get angry with others when they don’t act the way we would like them to, in meditation we think of these situations and try to look at them from a different point of view. The other person is acting in disagreeable ways for many different reasons. He or she is not necessarily acting out of spite because he or she doesn’t love us. In meditation, we try to dissolve such attitudes: «My friend doesn’t love me anymore because he or she didn’t call me.»
  29. If we can practice going through this type of situation with a state of mind that is more relaxed, understanding, and patient, then if the person doesn’t call us for a week we don’t get so upset. When we start to get upset, we remember that this person is probably very busy and it is egocentric to think that we are the most important person in his or her life. This helps us to cool our emotional upset. !
  30. Dharma practice is not a hobby. It is not something that we do as a sport or for relaxation. Dharma practice is a full-time job. We are talking about working on our attitudes toward everything in our lives. 24/7
  31. No one saves us but ourselves, no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
  32. thank you based on an article of Dr. Alex Berzin (http://bit.ly/18l56vq)!

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