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.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.
-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra
"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."
-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats