Summary and Info
This is a site dedicated to explore the Dhamma or the “laws of nature” as discovered by the Buddha 2500 years ago. Even though I am a Buddhist by birth, I never bothered to look into the question of why I was a Buddhist. When I retired several years ago, I first started reading widely on many subjects, including science, philosophy, and religion.▪ When I started to glean the deep message of the Buddha, I realized that I had not known much about my own “religion”, and that it had been “contaminated” over its long history. For the past several years, I have been working exclusively on trying to find the essence of the message of the Buddha. This is the result of that effort, which I wanted to share with the rest of the world.There seem to be three types of people who become interested in “Buddhism”:1. Those who have gone through hardships see that there is suffering “in this world”, and seeking solutions.2. Those who are getting to the old age and are beginning to see that despite a lot of struggles, there are signs that whatever that has been achieved so far is masked by possible problems looming in the future (aging, various ailments, not been able to get satisfaction from those things that provided satisfaction before, etc).3. Those who are intellectually motivated. They have been exposed to Dhammapada verses or some other types of sayings by the Buddha which appear to provide a glimpse of a broader world view. And some of those have been to meditation retreats and have realized that there is indeed a second option compared to seeking material wealth and indulging in sense pleasures. Especially for those people in categories 1 and 2, it becomes clear that indulging in sense pleasures does not have staying power. On the other hand, the sense of well-being achieved via meditation has the staying power, and does not go down as one gets old.▪ I believe that for people in any category, it is a good idea to first understand what the Buddha’s message was. Those who are intellectually motivated will be able to get a more complete picture, and thus a better intellectual satisfaction. For those in categories 1 and 2, a much better idea of how to focus their efforts will become clear with an insight into why focusing efforts on purifying the mind will be beneficial.My belief is that anyone could benefit in some way by first getting a more complete overview of the Buddha Dhamma, which is about a “world” that is much more expansive and complex than the one we perceive with our senses.