What is Practical Buddhism and who is it for?
Practical Buddhism is for people like you who:
- Have an interest in Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy
- Want a more direct and practical set of practices that are focused on making life more meaningful
- Have grown tired of organized religion and its dogmatic approach to life
- Need a clear, direct approach to living a more meaningful life
It’s not about ritual or ceremony
The sheer number of Buddhist schools and traditions are mind boggling and confusing to the new practitioner. Many interested in pursuing daily practice simply give up when they realize that Buddhism has evolved over the centuries to include hundreds of rituals, ceremonies, and peripheral regalia.
Practical Buddhism is different. It’s composed of three Buddhist practices of meditation, mindfulness, and compassionate kindness and how to use these practices to eliminate suffering from our lives.
When I first came to Buddhism, I encountered the same rituals, ceremonies, and complexities that also characterized my experience within Christianity and later, within Kriya Yoga. The joy I initially felt -when I knew next to nothing about technique- was replaced by ritual and soon disappeared altogether.
In my experience, ritual is fascinating at first but over time leads to disinterest and ultimately boredom.
I wanted a cleaner, more direct route to Buddhist practices that would make a difference in my life. When I separated the wheat from the chaff, what fell through the sifter was meditation, mindfulness, and compassionate kindness.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said: “My simple religion is kindness”.
He’s also said that he doesn’t particularly enjoy the festivals, rituals, and ceremonies inherent in Buddhism. I can get behind that.