Preface

Self-Assessment

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How are you feeling at this very moment of existence? How do you feel on average? If we are being honest, the answer is probably not that great or good but not perfect.

For most of us, there’s a basic un-satisfactoriness running through our lives, which sometimes manifests as grief, anger, disappointment or depression, but usually it hovers at the edge of our awareness as a feeling that things are never quite perfect, never fully adequate to our expectations.

Our lives, for the most part, are strung out between the thirst for pleasure and the fear of pain. We pass our days running after the one and running away from the other. You and you alone can discover true, sustained peacefulness and contentment. The only requirements are to start down the path and to continue.

Summary of the Path

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The complete practice of Buddhism can be summarized as follows: 1) refrain from evil and do good; 2) live simply by keeping to basic needs; and 3) purify the mind. The steps on the path to inner peace cover every aspect of life: the intellectual, the ethical, the social, the economic, and the psychological. The steps therefore contain everything a person needs to lead a good life and to develop spiritually.

The to inner peace is a guide on learning how to  let go of your greed and anger, while purifying your conduct. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. And if you let go completely, you will have a absolute peace.

It may sound easy, but you must purify your mind by eliminating your cravings, not just suppressing them. This means the cessation of craving, its forsaking and abandonment, liberation and detachment from your thirst.

Mental and Physical Components

The path to inner peace is an integrated therapy that is comprised of a physical treatment as well as a psychological one.  The psychological portion is comprised of mental components which can be established in the mind simply through determination and effort. The physical portion is addressed through the cultivation of moral speed and action.

We all possess the mental ability to achieve true internal peace. It doesn’t cost any money. You don’t have to be a genius. There are no gurus to follow or magic charms. You don’t have to leave your common sense at the door.

Non-Formal Guide and Source Materials

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All materials are based on the traditional Teachings of Buddha  no school or sect of Buddhism is emphasized. Where non-critical to the teachings of Buddhism, we’ve dispensed with the strict formalities and order of traditional Buddhist teachings.

This allows the material to be presented in an intuitive and relatively easy to understand format. The primary materials used for this website are located under our Bookshelf Page and may be downloaded for free.

Steady and Persistent Practice

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All the teachings in this guide are merely a means to help the mind see the truth. If we haven’t seen the truth, we will suffer. No one can do the practice for you because the truth is something you cannot put into words or give away. Accepting, giving up, and letting go — This is the way to peace.

If you don’t let go, there will be suffering. The path to inner peace requires your effort though gradual practice and gradual progress, without expecting quick results. See How Long Should Enlightenment Take? for a more detailed discussion on your pace of practice.

Liberation from suffering and true peace of mind is guaranteed when there is steady and persistent practice. See Buddhism: The DIY Religion for a more detailed discussion on the importance of effort.

Step  1: Life of Buddha