The Buddha taught many different teachings to suit the disposition of different disciples and guide them along the path. This is particularly true regarding the teachings on selflessness, which is emptiness. Since people of his day had strong belief in an extended self, atman, he began teaching them there is a self. Slowly he introduced them to no self, or anatman. Having introduced no self, he guided his disciples to subtler notions of no self. All these teachings are incredibly skillful to guide disciples along the path to enlightenment. Thus they are all complementary and not contradictory.
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]
In the last post I discussed boosting low self-confidence. It is important not to overshoot and become arrogant. Therefore, ‘healthy self-confidence’ is our goal. Healthy self-confidence is putting no one down, not myself and not […]