The historical Buddha transmitted his teachings 2550 years ago, also helped by a set of extraordinarily favorable circumstances . It was in fact born in a cultural environment highly evolved and was constantly surrounded by people of exceptional caliber and talent. After reaching enlightenment spent full forty-five years to give to others his methods to discover the mind, and ‘ precisely for this reason that his teachings , called the Dharma , I’m so ‘ vast .
The Kanjur , the collection of the Buddha’s words , ‘consists of 108 volumes containing 84,000 precious teachings , the Tenjur , commentaries drafted in later times, consist of 254 other books, equally voluminous . This explains the words of the Buddha uttered ‘ , making a sort of balance of his life : “Now I can die happy , there is no’ one lesson that I’ve kept to myself . Everything ‘ that can’ be of benefit there I have already ‘ given’ . His last words were instead an exhortation that still clearly distinguishes Buddhism from what ‘ is commonly called religion : “I do not believe my words just’ cause I said them a Buddha , but examine them carefully . Be light and guidance to yourself . ”
These statements show the practical approach of Buddhism in the life of every day. When people asked the Buddha why ‘ and what he taught , he replied : “I teach ‘ cause you and all living beings want happiness ‘ and try to avoid suffering. Teach things like ‘ as is’ .
What ‘ So Buddhism ? The best definition was given by the Buddha himself . During the 1,500 years in which the teachings remained alive in India they were called Dharma in the next 1000 years of flourishing in Tibet were called Cho . Both words mean “the way things ‘ as they are .”
Understand “the way things ‘ as is’ and ‘ the real key to any happiness’ . The Buddha and ‘ teacher at the same time , a living example , protector and friend. His help allows beings to avoid suffering and to enter into a state of increasing bliss , leading the others to liberation and enlightenment .
Excerpt from the book of Lama Ole Nydahl : “Initiation to Diamond Way Buddhism ” .