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One of my favorite condensed summarizations of Buddhism - very western and bleak.
Gautama’s seemingly negative and deflating doctrines were intended to bring relief and encouragement. He believed that the root of suffering is desire: the pursuit of goals unattainable because the objects sought are fleeting and unreal. And because the concept of self is an illusion, the more frustrating of all desires is the craving for self-satisfaction and self-exaltation. — World Civilizations, Volume 1
Goodbye creul world,
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Me personally, I would say, if asked:
Understanding the true nature of suffering, and how to free yourself from it.
Understanding and learning how to reach personal peace and how to live a more healthy fullfilling life.
Learning to truely see the world as it is, your place in the world, and how your actions can effect it, then learning how to act so that your actions benifit yourself, others and the world around you.
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There is no fundamental unit of existence, so to grasp at self is to grasp at an arbitrary series of restrictive, ultimately deluded stories. Freedom from suffering comes from rejecting self-grasping in favor of uncondtioned awareness.
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Maybe... pay attention and take responsibility.
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