zAnt wrote:I have more of a question for you guys now.
Me being an atheist, I've found myself not governed to moral codes or ethics. I've noticed today that I am a mean, judgmental person, corrupted with luxuries and pleasures. Even with all of this, I am not truly happy. I only found potential "highs" when I'm with friends or drowning myself in entertainment.
I want this to end. I want to be a good human, with respect for life. I don't want to be so desensitized to all situations. Will Buddhism cure my sickness? Or are there extra steps to take, since I'm so far in the hole.
You should reflect on and observe:
The first two Noble Truths: Life is unsatisfying and this is because of craving.
Impermanence: Everything ends. Furthermore, every second everything has decayed by one second.
Cause and effect. Everything exists because of something else.
Thus you should enjoy pleasure while not craving it or clinging to it and keep karma in mind at all times. Craving and clinging doesn't make sense, because everything ends thus suffering arises when your pleasures end. Also, Karma is simply cause and effect.
Please feel free to post questions on the forum or PM me. There are no stupid questions.
"Neu-sur-ba said: You must see any affliction as an enemy and attack it as soon as it arises in your mind. Otherwise, if you acquiesce when it first appears, and then nurture it with improper thoughts, you will have no way to defeat it, and it will conquer you in the end.”
-Lam Rim Chen Mo eng v01 pg. 348 tib pg. 275