Why Essence of Buddhism will give you the Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings

Sourced from the Original Teachings of the Buddha

There are so many Buddhist books and teachers out there that it can be overwhelming and confusing.  Many years ago, I too was confused by the plethora of Buddhist books and writers – as one author would say this and then another author would say the opposite.

Then, a mentor of mine just said to me, “Why are you confusing yourself by reading all these different interpretations which may or may not be right?  Much of the Buddhism today bears little resemblance to what the Buddha originally taught.  If you can stick with the Original Teachings of the Buddha from the Sutras themselves (also called Suttas), then you won’t go wrong.”  And he was right.

So here, on this blog, you will find clarity amongst the confusion – here you find the Principles that the Buddha himself taught, as recorded in the Sutras.  We want to go to the source, as opposed to rely on secondary interpretations because this way, the teachings will remain as pure and unadulterated as they can be.

So we want to see what the Master himself said – this shall be our standard.  And if others say something different to what the Buddha said – then we can be pretty sure that that is not what the Buddha actually taught.

How You will Benefit

It literally taken me over 15 years of reading, studying, pondering, reflection and analysis of the Buddha’s teachings to find some of the Principles that you will learn here.  So here, you get the benefit of over 15 years of study and trial and error of trying to put those principles into practice – so you get that all in 1 place right here.

Not that you won’t be able to find the same principles elsewhere – you will find a lot of the same teachings elsewhere.  What I try to do is to try to bring clarity to some of the teachings that may at first seem like nonsense or hard to understand.  What I’m really good at is explaining things easily.  So some of the seemingly complex teachings that you will hear about will be presented here in a way that is simple and easy to understand.

About the Author

I am just a fellow Truth Seeker who has studied the original teachings of the Buddha – from the Sutras – for around 15 years now.  On this blog, I wish to share what I’ve learnt and how I’ve applied these teachings in real, everyday life situations – so that you too may benefit from them too!

My specialty is in seeing the key principles and simplicity in the sometimes seemingly complex teachings from the Buddha.  And these important lessons about life, about the universe and about who you really are – are not meant to be sitting, gathering dust on a bookshelf somewhere – they are meant to be used to lessen your own suffering and bring real joy to your everyday life experiences.

So please, “Follow” and join me on this journey of discovery into the wisdom teachings of the Buddha.  May we all learn a little, become more compassionate and unveil the hidden wisdom within ourselves!

8 thoughts on “Why Essence of Buddhism will give you the Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings

  1. Yes. This is our policy too: when people ask questions, to direct them to the Suttas.
    Now the Blessed One spoke to the Venerable Ananda, saying: “It may be, Ananda, that to some among you the thought will come: ‘Ended is the word of the Master; we have a Master no longer.’ But it should not, Ananda, be so considered. For that which I have proclaimed and made known as the Dhamma and the Discipline, that shall be your Master when I am gone.” — Maha-parinbanna Sutta (DN 16)

    • Exactly so. Further, I recommend studying BOTH the Mahayana Sutras on top of the Pali Suttas. This will give a more complete picture. Having studied both – I’ve found that they are consistent with each other and studying the Suttas actually helps you understand the Sutras and vice versa. So they are mutually supportive.

  2. I agree with the Author of this blog, Mahayana and Theravada are one and all are the Buddha’s teachings.

    Furthermore, If one is looking for a Buddhist Sangha and or free Dharma books and materials, I recommend the following:

    The Buddha Educational Foundation:

    http://www.budaedu.org/en/

    This non profit organization distributes Dharma books (in numerous languages ) and related materials free of charge (includes free shipping to foreign address). The website also has ebooks and Dharma talks that can be downloaded.

    Worldwide Directory of Amita Buddha Learning Societies:

    http://www.amtb.org.tw/jzplace.htm

    This is a directory of all the Amita Buddha Societies/ learning institutions all over the world. It includes addresses and contact information of institutions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, United States, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Singapore, New Zealand, Spain, Argentina, France, Canada, United Kingdom and Thailand.

    So if you can, you should visit one near you and there will usually be free classes and Dharma books and materials available for your benefit.

    Note:

    I hereby dedicate the merit from this post to my second uncle

  3. I recommend that everyone should watch Venerable Hai Xian’s Pureland rebirth documentary:

    Original Chinese version: http://edu.hwadzan.com/play/65/34/0/87285

    English Subtitled version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoritpHKxm4

    I have also written a short English commentary & translation of Ven. Hai Xian’s life and Pureland rebirth, it is titled Ven. Master Hai Xian : A Modern Day Patriarch Huineng and it can viewed here:

    https://archive.org/details/haixian

  4. As being blind is one of the Eight Difficulties that obstruct the studying of the Dharma, I feel that as Buddhists, we should strive to help those suffering from needless loss of sight due to being unable to afford Cataract surgery.

    According to Unite for Sight (a registered charity providing eye care and sight restoring surgeries for patients in extreme poverty), just a $50 dollar donation can fully pay for a full cataract surgery.

    Thus, I recommend that everyone visit their website:

    http://www.uniteforsight.org/how-to-help/donation-faq-volunteers

    P.S. I have also translated the Lord Superior Wen Chang’s Yin Chih Wen, Kan Ying Pien and other works into English. If you would like to view or download these texts (which are all in the public domain and have no copyright), here is the link:

    https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22Brian+Chung%22

  5. this is a great site, really great information. the only thing i would caution people on is this. when someone says, ‘The Buddha said ….’ just know that we can not be 100 percent sure that’s what the buddha said. however, the suttas/sutras are the best historical evidence we have-even if the scriptures were written hundreds of years after the buddha died. but scholars and others have mostly agreed upon the core teachings. the Dharma, what we do know, is beautiful and it’s hard to go wrong with compassion, wisdom, meditation, morality, etc.

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