Is Buddhism Right for You?
by Roy Melvyn
Buddhism is a system that defines how to live and this is its primary appeal. Buddhist practices such as meditation are associated with contentment and well-being. As a system for living, Buddhism appears to many to be a sensible and practical lifestyle choice. Whether a philosophy, a psychology or a religion,
Buddhism in any form, has proven to be a powerful force upon those who adhere to its teachings.
Look closely at Buddhism and you’ll find a rigorous and clear accounting of the universe and our place in it. It is an accounting that would satisfy even the most ardent materialist. The bottom line is that Buddhism matters because, in many respects, it’s actually gotten it right.
Our physicists, biologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists define science as based on the realization that human beings are part of a material world that’s driven by impersonal, physical laws. Buddhism would agree.
Buddhism applies the world’s impermanence to humans and their souls. As Joni Mitchell said "Everything comes and goes".
This is its most notable success and the results have carried this view of the world, whether as a religion, a philosophy or a psychology, from ancient antiquity into the modern era.
- Roy Melvyn, November 2011
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