Some 2500 years ago, Buddha Shakyamuni (the historical Buddha, herafter called "the Buddha") reached Enlightenment: the knowledge of the ultimate reality of the mind, of phenomena and thus freedom from all suffering.

Due to his compassion for all sentient beings, prisoners of their painful egocentric tendencies caused by their ignorance of this reality, He taught the path towards Enlightenment.

Adapting his teaching to the mentality of his audience and to the realities of the moment, he gave his instructions in many ways, which taken as a whole comprises the wealth of the Buddhist path.

Buddha was a human being just like us: it is thus possible for all of us to reach Enlightenment. Indeed since this period, a great number of beings have attained this supreme consciousness and have become Buddhas.

The shift from the ordinary state of mind to the state of Enlightenment takes place through meditation and through altruistic ethics. Illusion gradually dissipates and the qualities of mind reveal themselves.

In current times, does it still make sense to follow the Buddhist path?

Although today we have a relatively high standard of living and we can accumulate possessions and knowledge, our emotional and relational problems remain a source of suffering and conflict. The answers offered by the Buddhist path are more than ever pertinent to cope with the difficulties of the modern world in such areas as conflict, the environment and questions concerning work relations, family life and happiness.

Buddha's Enlightenment demonstrates that there exists a state of happiness, which is indestructible and free from all dependency. Buddha showed us the way to find this state within ourselves.

Whatever be the tradition one follows, this path towards Enlightenment has two aspects:

meditation and its daily application.

With Enlightenment, nothing new is obtained. One simply reveals one's own Buddha potential which is inherent to mind and beyond the limits of time.

Thus, the state of Buddha - once obtained - cannot be lost.

 
 

Different traditions and schools of Buddhism were formed after the Historical Buddha period , employing myriad means.

However all of these transmissions pursue the same goal: freedom from suffering.

 

The practices and activities proposed here are for both beginners and confirmed practicionners engaged on this path already for some time.

Please note that before engaging a Buddhist practice, it is necessary to have acquired personal stability and self-esteem, failing which existing psychological problems may significantly worsen. In this case, the Buddhist path can under no circumstances replace psychological or psychiatric treatment.

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