So whether it's Mother Teresa's acts of charity, Gandhi's perseverance, or your aunt Betty's calm demeanor, as long as you're motivated to be better today than you were yesterday, it doesn't matter who inspires you. Regardless of religion, geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility, or vulnerability, if you do good you feel good, and if you do bad you feel bad.
Buddhism isn't just about meditating. It's about rolling up your sleeves to relieve some of the suffering in the world. If you are ready to be a soldier of peace in the army of love, welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!
"No trates de utilizar lo que aprendes del budismo para ser un budista; utilízalo para ser una mejor versión de ti mismo."
Siempre y cuando te sientas motivado hoy para ser mejor de lo que fuiste ayer, no importa si son los actos caritativos de la Madre Teresa de Calcuta, la perseverancia de Gandhi o el comportamiento sereno de algún familiar cercano lo que te inspira. Independientemente de la religión, ubicación geográfica, raza, origen étnico, color, género, orientación sexual, edad, habilidad, flexibilidad o vulnerabilidad, si haces el bien te sentirás bien y si haces el mal te sentirás mal.
El budismo no se trata únicamente de meditar. Se trata de poner manos a la obra y ayudar a aliviar parte del sufrimiento en el mundo. Si estás listo para ser un soldado de la paz en el ejército del amor, ¡bienvenido al Campo de entrenamiento budista!
A best-selling author and popular speaker, Epstein has long been at the forefront of the effort to introduce Buddhist psychology to the West. His unique background enables him to serve as a bridge between the two traditions, which he has found to be more compatible than at first thought. Engaging with the teachings of the Buddha as well as those of Freud and Winnicott, he offers a compelling look at desire, anger, and insight and helps reinterpret the Buddha's Four Noble Truths and central concepts such as egolessness and emptiness in the psychoanalytic language of our time.
If we are material beings living in a material world—and all the scientific evidence suggests that we are—then we must find existential meaning, if there is such a thing, in this physical world. We must cast our lot with the natural rather than the supernatural. Many Westerners with spiritual (but not religious) inclinations are attracted to Buddhism—almost as a kind of moral-mental hygiene. But, as Owen Flanagan points out in The Bodhisattva's Brain, Buddhism is hardly naturalistic. In The Bodhisattva's Brain, Flanagan argues that it is possible to discover in Buddhism a rich, empirically responsible philosophy that could point us to one path of human flourishing.
Some claim that neuroscience is in the process of validating Buddhism empirically, but Flanagan's naturalized Buddhism does not reduce itself to a brain scan showing happiness patterns. "Buddhism naturalized," as Flanagan constructs it, offers instead a fully naturalistic and comprehensive philosophy, compatible with the rest of knowledge—a way of conceiving of the human predicament, of thinking about meaning for finite material beings living in a material world.