The Basics of Buddhism Part 2



  • Mindfulness is the cultivation of present time awareness and the recognition of the dhammas in our experience.
  • Common practice include mindfulness of breath, body scans, and open awareness practice.
  • The Buddha gave many teachings on mindfulness, with the most famous being the Satipatthana, or Foundations of Mindfulness.
  • Mindfulness is not just being present. It involves a recognition of experience and it is causing suffering or liberation.


  • Concentration is the cultivation of a collected mind which can focus on an object of awareness.
  • Most often cultivated through the practice of watching the breath, but may also be cultivated in metta practice.
  • Concentration takes time. With concentration meditation, we continue to bring the mind back when it wanders, recognising that this is how we build the ability to collect the mind.

Heart Practices

  • Metta – Loving kindness or gentle friendliness, the quality of caring for the wellbeing of beings.
  • Karuna – Compassion, the quality of responding to pain and suffering with a tender and caring awareness.
  • Mudita – Appreciative joy, the quality of meeting the joy of others with appreciation rather than envy.
  • Upekkha – Equanimity, the quality of meeting experience with a strong and stable mind and heart.
  • The heart practices, or brahma-viharas, are four qualities often cultivated in dedicated periods of meditation. We can also being these qualities to other practices like concentration and mindfulness.

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  1. Good stuff. There is good stuff in other “religions” of course but for me the Buddhists are the most credible.

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    1. GS says:

      Buddhism encourages independence through non attachment. … To achieve non attachment, one must detach from the idea of a perfect person and holding one’s partner to an impossible standard. Instead, one must accept a partner for who they are unconditionally. In Buddhism, this is the key to a happy romantic relationship.

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  2. KB says:


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    1. GS says:

      With about 470 million followers, scholars consider Buddhism one of the major world religions. Its practice has historically been most prominent in East and Southeast Asia, but its influence is growing in the West. Many Buddhist ideas and philosophies overlap with those of other faiths.

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