Does Buddhist Philosophy Work? – Modern Koans

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


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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