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Major Buddhist Beliefs/Facts

Excerpt from Chapter 13 - Essentials of 4 World Religions

My search for "different" Buddhist interpretations led me to David Brazier's The Feeling Buddha. Brazier provides alternate explanations for some of Buddha's teachings, particularly the four noble truths. His explanations not only make more sense to me than conventional Buddhist teachings, but they also fit well with my criteria of accepting what is and non-attachment.

What does Brazier say? He researched the original words (as far as we can tell them) to discover that Buddha's word "dukkha" might better be translated as "unwelcome things that happen to us" (Brazier, 2002, p. 46) rather than "suffering." If something is unwelcome, we do not necessarily suffer. Yes, if we are locked in the pursuit of pleasures or success (spirituality Stages I and II as described in Chapter 2), then we will suffer when we experience a failure to get pleasure or success. But once we get beyond such pursuits, then this type of unwelcome event will not cause us to suffer.

Brazier goes on to uphold the idea of noble, a word little used in today's world: "A noble person is one who accepts the reality of adversity and is not investing energy either in avoiding the necessity to deal with it or in exacerbating it" (Brazier, 2002, p. 54).

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