The Messages of Modern Buddhism

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The Messages of Modern Buddhism There are many messages of Buddhism, each practitioner of the discipline expresses and or focuses on different things and issues depending a great deal on their own personal journey as well as their idea of the journey they perceive others as needing. Therefore there are also many interpretive works that stress various main messages or key ideas to aide individuals in achieving their own spiritual goals. This work will look at three of those works, discern three key ideas from each and then briefly apply those ideas to daily life and experiences wherever possible. The three works that I will focus on are Being Peace by Thich Nhat Nanh, Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (Author), Trudy Dixon (Editor), Richard Baker and Huston Smith and finally three important key ideas found in The Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon. The first work, though it is filled with many messages of daily life begins with the strongest messages or key ideas in the very first chapter where Thich Nhat Nanh defines the statement "suffering is not enough." From this statement the work offers three key ideas; that one should slow down and enjoy life by being present in the moment, smile all the time and make time for oneself to enjoy the simple things in life, such as quiet, companionship and external reflection. What the author seems to mean by being present in the movement is that there are small and great joys in all things around us and to recognize them
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