By Stephen Batchelor

During this basic yet very important quantity, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was once no longer a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric wisdom of the universe, yet a guy who challenged us to appreciate the character of agony, allow pass of its origins, and convey into being a lifestyle that's on hand to us all. The ideas and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, will not be anything to think in yet anything to do—and as he explains basically and compellingly, it's a perform that we will have interaction in, despite our heritage or ideals, as we are living on a daily basis at the route to non secular enlightenment.

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We are extremely sensitive to everything our mother does. When she walks quickly it feels as if we are falling from a high mountain and we are terrified. If she has sexual intercourse it feels as if we are being crushed and suffocated between two huge weights and we panic. If our mother makes just a small jump it feels as if we are being dashed against the ground from a great height. If she drinks anything hot it feels like boiling water scalding our skin, and if she drinks anything cold it feels like an ice-cold shower in midwinter.

This is a simple method for us to receive the Buddhas’ blessings continually. We should also join group prayers, known as ‘pujas’, organized at Buddhist Temples or Prayer Halls, which are powerful methods to receive Buddha’s blessings and protection. HOW TO MEDITATE ON GOING FOR REFUGE First we engage in the following contemplation: I want to protect and liberate myself permanently from the sufferings of this life and countless future lives. I can accomplish this only by receiving Buddha’s blessings, putting Dharma into practice and receiving help from Sangha – the supreme spiritual friends.

The pains of birth gradually turn into the pains of sickness, ageing and death – they are one continuum. SICKNESS Our birth also gives rise to the suffering of sickness. Just as the wind and snow of winter take away the glory of green meadows, trees, forests and flowers, so sickness takes away the youthful splendour of our body, destroying its strength and the power of our senses. If we are usually fit and well, when we become sick we are suddenly unable to engage in all our normal physical activities.

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