Does Buddhist Philosophy Work? – Modern Koans

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Question:

What is your experience in applying Buddhist philosophy in real life?

Response:

My experience is that Buddhist philosophy has proven its worth. For me, suffering would have taken its course and led me to an untimely death had I not had the good fortune to learn of and take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

I first entered the stream by way of physical suffering. I had fractured some vertebrae and had taken on the practice of hatha yoga as a way towards healing. The Buddhist approach spoke to my temperament. For whatever reason, the Hindu path did not.

The direct impact of the eightfold path (with a heavy reliance on meditation) was a reduction of physical pain. But the effect didn’t end there. It then became an introduction into the subtle aspects of the mind-body, and has grown to a free flow of insight that comes from getting out of my own way.

I wish that everyone might have the opportunity to see and experience the benefits of Buddhist Philosophy’s deep insights.

 

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