It has been said the teachings of Buddha are a finger pointing to the moon. Do you see where the finger points?
If one looks into the heart of Buddhism’s teachings, one may see a similarity to other great world religious philosophies that have been passed down to humankind over the years from advanced souls.
Contained within Buddhism are several precepts which have been often compared to the ten commandments of the Judeao-Christian school of thought. Here’s a snapshot of the first five precepts:
1. To abstain from harming living beings.
2. To abstain from taking things not freely given.
3. To abstain from sexual misconduct.
4. To abstain from false speech.
5. To abstain from intoxicating drinks
and drugs causing heedlessness.
There are Five Mindfulness Trainings that are practiced by the Lam Te Dhyana school of Buddhism, and are attributed to Buddhist master Thich Nath Hanh. Mindfulness Training is an adaptation of the first five Buddhist precepts. Mindfulness is being aware, awake, and in the ‘now’ moment. To be mindful is to be truly alive and present in the world. It is said that if we live according to The Five Mindfulness Trainings we are already on the path of a bodhisattva, which is either an enlightened existence, or enlightened being:
1. First Training: Reverence for Life.
2. Second Training: True Happiness.
3. Third Training: True Love.
4. Fourth Training: Loving Speech and Deep Listening.
5. Fifth Training: Nourishment and Healing.
Another aspect of Buddhism are the three jewels, three treasures, three refuges, or triple gems, these are:
1. The Buddha, the Enlightened or Awakened One. It may also
mean the Buddha nature, or highest nature that resides within all beings.
2. Dharma, which is the teaching of the Buddha.
3. Sangha, or the community of those who have attained enlightenment,
and who may help a practicing Buddhist to attain the same.
It may be seen from our view of Buddhism, that the Buddha, did indeed, provide humankind with a path to personal advancement of consciousness, as well as a way to dwell in peace and harmony with others, and the world in general. The tenets of the Buddha, and the other Great World Teachers, if practiced, could turn things from our present Dark Age, into an Age of Light.
The teachings of Buddha are indeed, a finger pointing to the moon, but we must try not to confuse the finger, with what it points to. The precepts, principles, and tenets of the Buddhism are all a guide, path, or way to greater awareness for each of us.
The Five Mindfulness Trainings of Thich Nath Hanh may help one move from self, to the transcending of the self, and into a more awake and aware being. What were those Five Mindfulness Trainings again?
1. Reverence for Life.
2. True Happiness.
3. True Love.
4. Loving Speech and Deep Listening.
5. Nourishment and Healing.
“Whatever spiritual practices one does, one should not do them with the idea that something will be gained from doing them. Rather, do them with total concentration. Do them with complete attention. Do them knowing they are the expression of your awakening in this very moment. When walking, walk; when sitting, sit; when eating; eat,” writes Vincent Paul Amador.
Do you see where the finger points?