by Benjamin Riggs
Recently, I received an email asking me to explain Buddhism. Here is my answer:
First of all, Buddhism is the recognition of suffering. Second, Buddhism recognizes that suffering is not dumb, but intelligent. So, we look at our own suffering, so as to see the pattern or path that gives rise to our dissatisfaction. Then, we turn around and walk backwards down the path of suffering. Walking backwards down this path is a process of “un-doing” commonly referred to as meditation. Finally, we remember the basic experience of being that we forgot long ago. Through the practice of meditation, we rediscover the basic experience of “oneness” that we misplaced when we imagined a world of “multiplicity.” This discovery is known as enlightenment, which is the transmutation of suffering into bliss. But suffering is only capable of being transmuted into bliss, because it was bliss in disguise all along…insanity is simply sanity misunderstood!
Benjamin Riggs is the Spirituality editor at Elephant Journal. Ben is also a teacher of Buddhist meditation and spirituality at the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben has written extensively about Buddhism, contemplative philosophy, and meditation practice on his blog. Above everything he is committed to presenting Buddhist and contemplative principles from a practical, contemporary, and western point of view. If you would like to follow his blog, The Web of Enlightenment, on Facebook then Click here. If you would prefer to follow him on Twitter then Click here.
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