Maybe you're here looking for something? WHAT you are looking for, is WHO is looking. It's YOU. You are the teacher you are looking for.
02. These are just tools
The concepts you'll encounter here are not meant to be truths to believe in. They are meant to be something you do/practice.
03. It's about unlearning
“A scholar tries to learn something every day; a student of Buddhism tries to unlearn something daily.” - Alan Watts
04. Uncertainty is reality
So much of our suffering arises from our inability to tolerate the uncertainty of life. The honest approach is to recognize that we simply don't know.
We don't have the ANSWERS.
Uncertainty is uncomfortable. The dilemma is that we want certainty but we live in an uncertain world. Answers provide a sense of certainty but the peace we feel from having answers is fragile. If the answer is threatened, so is the peace.
Many worldviews focus on providing ANSWERS but Buddhism focuses instead on understanding the QUESTIONS.
Deep and lasting inner peace arises from embracing the uncertainty of reality. It starts with becoming comfortable with the discomfort of not knowing.
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These books were all written with the intent of helping others to gain a better understanding of some of the key Buddhist concepts and topics. I hope they will be helpful to you on your own journey to becoming a better whatever-you-already-are.
Finding a community to practice with is very helpful. We tend to feel more inspired and supported when we have like-minded people who are walking a similar path. In our current community, we offer weekly zoom calls to discuss Buddhist topics and concepts.
I started recording the podcast because I wanted to share the Buddhist teachings and concepts that were instrumental in my own life at helping me to find greater inner peace.
Aside from the podcast, I fly paragliders and powered paragliders and I own a flight school where I teach people how to fly. I am also currently serving as the President of the U.S. Powered Paragliding Association. Life is pretty busy! I live in Kamas, UT with my wife and 3 kids.
Wikipedia says Secular Buddhism "is a broad term for a form of Buddhism based on humanist, skeptical, and agnostic values, valuing pragmatism and (often) naturalism, eschewing beliefs in the supernatural or paranormal."
If you would like to learn more about the overall Secular Buddhism movement, check out some of the links below: