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Explaining Buddhism and Buddhist teachings for beginners and Westerners
The Buddha’s path to liberation, Nirvana, is achieved through the Eightfold Path. He said that all sentient beings (such as you and me) can achieve what he did. However, we are clouded with delusion and ignorance of the truth we are unable to achieve it. His Eightfold Path gives us the opportunity to achieve liberation. #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhist #alanpeto #alanpetobuddhism
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New video! Learn about the Buddhist Precepts and why it’s important in your practice. https://t.co/DWGlJ71bZw https://t.co/IIm6k4Dr4K
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The “Middle Way” in Buddhism can sometimes be seen as telling you to not go to extremes. But it’s much more than that. It is telling us that the Eightfold Path *is* the middle way and must be practiced continuously. #Buddhism #Buddhism101 #BuddhistTeachings #AlanPeto #alanpetobuddhism
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The Precepts in Buddhism allow us to follow the morality and conduct portion of the Buddha’s eightfold path. #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhistteachings #AlanPeto
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While “suffering” (Dukkha) gets a lot of attention by new Buddhists, there’s more to this story. Dukkha doesn’t come out of nowhere! The Three Fires (aka: Three Poisons) are the root of this suffering. Why? Because they help create the conditions in which we create unwholesome karmic actions, cling and crave, and keep ourselves trapped in the cycle of rebirth (samsara). And samsara itself is inherently Dukkha! By being aware of the Three Fires we can use the Buddhas teaching a to “put out the fire” and live in the “coolness” of Nirvana, our natural state! #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhistteachings #buddhistlife #AlanPeto
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The ability to find true freedom, according to Ven. Master Hsing Yun, is an inexhaustible gift within the Dharma. Because we are clouded with delusion, we fail to "see" the wisdom of the truth of our world that is already present within us. Due to this delusion and ignorance, it causes us to express greed and anger in the form of karmic actions keeping us prisoners in a cycle of rebirth. The Buddha's teachings help us with sweeping away this delusion and ignorance so we can see the truth within us. Essentially, we are able to see "ourselves" in what was once a very dirty mirror. And when we see our "true self", we see Nirvana - "freedom". Freedom from what? The three poisons/fires of greed, anger, and delusion, the karmic actions and seeds they generate, the cycle of birth and death (samsara), and the suffering (dukkha) that existence is. When we are free we can never be "shackled" by the three fires again. This is why we, as Buddhists, show deep respect to the Buddha, monastics, and Buddhas and Bodhisattavas everywhere. For they are the ones who help us break delsion and obtain freedom. #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhistteachings #nirvana #hsingyun
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We often look at the Buddha and his teachings as something "external". However, his teachings are fundamentally about your own ability to liberate yourself from the unsatisfactory conditions ("Dukkha"/"Samsara") that permeate our existence. According to renowned Buddhist monk Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh, you are capable of "touching the Buddha within". He recommends looking deeply into the nature of your suffering (Dukkha) so you will know what to do and what not to do. Through mindfulness, concentration, and insight, you are able to "nourish" the Buddha within you. He then recommends practicing the First Noble Truth to identify your suffering, the Second Noble Truth to see the source of your suffering, and then to use the Third and Fourth Noble Truths to find ways to "transform your suffering and realize peace". Peace is "Nirvana" when you blow out the fires of greed and anger/hatred caused by delusion and ignorance of the true nature of our world and existence (and the karmic actions we take because of that ignorance). When you are ready, you can enter the Buddha's path as a Buddhist practitioner. Your job is to always practice the Buddhist path so you can one day realize Nirvana. Learn more about Buddhism: https://alanpeto.com/buddhism/buddhism-quick-intro/ Quote from @thichnhathanh #buddhism #buddhismus #buddhism101 #buddhismquotes #buddhismteachings
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An attack by ISIS in Kabul killed and injured many service members assisting with the evacuation efforts during Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, as well as hundreds of other civilians. The following is a #Buddhist prayer by Venerable Master Hsing Yun which we can recite. https://t.co/Pu7x3TjWz1
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Need your help! What are some of the questions and misconceptions you had about #Buddhism when first starting out? What questions do you see asked most often? I am working on a new article of "Frequently Asked Questions" to aid those new to Buddhism!
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Here are three easy ways to use your phone with your daily Buddhist practice. https://t.co/H6Ddx4Omgm
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The Buddha’s Middle Way is your path to liberation and freedom: Nirvana! https://t.co/WALbY2NOuX
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How and why the Five Precepts for laypersons in Buddhism are so important and how to incorporate into your life! The only transgression (breaking of a precept) that is beyond repentance (in the Buddhist religion) are major transgressions such as killing a human being. #Buddhism #Buddhism101 #Buddhist #BuddhistTeachings #alanpeto
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Precepts in Buddhism are the foundation for the rest of your Buddhist practice of meditative concentration and wisdom. #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhistteachings #alanpetobuddhism #AlanPeto
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#Buddhism is the religion based on the liberating teachings of Shakyamuni #Buddha. He taught that all sentient beings are able to break the cycle of rebirth which causes us suffering (Dukkha) by ending greed, anger, and delusion and realizing our natural state of Nirvāṇa! https://t.co/2sKxQjV1Vu
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If you’re not near a Buddhist temple, books are likely your first encounter with Buddhism and a teacher. Here are the top books I recommend to get you started that will help you be well rounded. From here, you can dive into other books as you pick a tradition! Find links to these books and even some free resources in my article: bit.ly/buddhistbooks #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhistteachings #buddhistbooks
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As we start off a new week, remember you have the opportunity to become awakened just like the Buddha! Resolve to use this rare human existence to practice the Buddha’s path and strive towards ending the three poisons/fires or greed, anger, and delusion. #buddhism https://t.co/ib4M9NGszL
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We just released our second Buddhist eBook (Free!). This book and daily practice is about “reintegration” to a changed world after the COVID-19 pandemic. People, experiences, and things have changed. Including us. Get it here: https://t.co/h12eY1wajf https://t.co/BjWf6NVLPW
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The conversation of the ascetics The #Buddha is seen confronting the arguments of the three Brahmin ascetics, the Kashyapa brothers, who are each accompanied by a disciple. The figure on the Buddha’s left is the attendant, Vajrapani. Gandhara, 2nd-3rd AD https://t.co/r5UNglGyvj
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What is the Buddha’s “Middle Way” and why is it important for us as Buddhists? Check out my latest guide to learn more! https://t.co/Q24CgCBy02 https://t.co/dptYlflp1f
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The Buddha’s Middle Way is your path to liberation and freedom: Nirvana! Quote by @iconoclastic_monastic #buddhism #buddhism101 #buddhistteachings #alanpeto #alanpetobuddhism
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Precepts help us practice #Buddhism by creating the foundation on which all other practices are based. https://t.co/Cba9SqodBZ
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My latest #BuddhismTidBit covers the Three Fires (Three Poisons) in #Buddhism. This one is so important because it’s foundational to why Dukkha exists, samsara, karmic actions, and the Buddha’s solution to it - the Eightfold Path leading to Nirvana. https://t.co/W8kiM6yLz5 https://t.co/QiYjVeX2pW
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#Buddhist wisdom of the day from Venerable #ThichNhatHanh https://t.co/Isujexfd0p
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#Buddhism is unique among the religions in our world, but why exactly? I’ll take you through five things I believe make it unique in my latest #BuddhismTidBit! What do you think? What’s your favorite thing about Buddhism and the #Buddhist religion?
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Are you confused by certain rituals, ceremonies, practices, and beliefs in #Buddhism? Do you believe they are rooted in superstition? In my latest video, I explain the deep meaning of some practices and why you should participate! https://t.co/FPFOf5v2fB https://t.co/yzbe1f4kuS
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The Buddha's birthday is coming up next week! Learn about it, and other Buddhist holidays in May, in my article: https://t.co/zVU9Pbcay8 https://t.co/09VUgzfE8X
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