The Buddha a short story

The life of the Buddha has been written about hundreds and thousands of times over the course of the last 2500 years and my writings on this great man who had an entire philosophical religion created around him, aren’t going to add anything more than is already known.

This is just my own humble take on his life towards full enlightenment. If you’ve never heard the story of the Buddha then this is a great place to start.

Siddhattha Gotama The Buddha or Fully Enlightened One

The historic Buddha was born into a high-caste family of royalty during the sixth century B.C. in what is now part of northeast India and Nepal.

The Buddha’s father Śuddhodana was a ruling chief of the Sakya clan holding considerable lands in the north east of India. The Buddha Mother was Queen Māyā of Sakya descending from royalty herself.

According to the Shakya tradition, the queen Māyā upon finding out she was pregnant left and headed for her father’s kingdom to give birth.

Along that journey, the Buddha to be, is said to have been born in a Lumbini garden, which is in modern day Nepal, and under the shade of a Sala tree.

After a childhood and youth filled with the indulgences of a Prince, Siddhattha Gotama was becoming dissatisfied with life’s sufferings. It is said he experienced three sights that profoundly changed him. That of the sick, that of old age and then experienced a dead body.

Siddhattha Gotama became more and more convinced there must be a way to truly understand our human experience and free himself from this old age, sickness and death. His father notice the unrest in his son and organised the marriage to the beautiful princess Yaśodharā and a son soon followed whom they named Rāhula.

However an unrest still lay deep within Gotama’s heart and in the middle of the night he left his beautiful princess and son Rāhula for an ascetic life style in search of spiritual answers on the causing of our sufferings.

After years of practice with the masters of his time, studying religious text and practicing long periods of fasting to near death, Gotoma still felt no closer to the truth. He had though come to realise meditation was giving him great insights into the mind consciousness and so decided with a complete resolution to meditate in one spot until he had gained full enlightenment into the causes of human sufferings.

He chose his spot next to a small river gently passing through a lush countryside, by the river bank an old bodhi tree cast just enough shade for his task at hand. There Siddhattha Gotama sat with a determination not to rise until he had gained full enlightenment.

During the time sat under the bodhi tree gaining enlightenment, It is said the Buddha experienced every Defilement or poison of the mind keeping him from experiencing the true reality of life itself. One by one he combated these defilements observed in deep meditation allowing him to truly understand there workings. There cause and effect, there birth and passing.

After Enlightenment

It was not gods that concerned him, but the mind of man and its sufferings. We are unhappy, he explained, because we are slaves to our desires and our wants. Extinguish desire and suffering goes with it.

If people could be taught that the physical or phenomenal world is an illusion of mind construct, then they would cease their attachment to it, thereby finding release from their self-destructive mental sufferings.

The Buddha spent 45 years of his life teaching to the rich, poor, ill and healthy he had No distinction, discrimination, or duality, he excepted all, open heartedly and helped those that sought his guidance.

The Four Noble Truths was the Buddha’s first sermon and still considered the most important with all Buddhist sects today.

Leaving a lasting legacy that has spanned well over 2500 years slowly spreading out from India intro Asia and the Middle East. Buddhism is more than just a religion, it’s a way of life. Known as the philosophical religion it now touches every corner of the world.

Buddhism has split over those thousands of years into many different schools or ways of teaching the main three being Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. Each of the schools use the Buddha’s first teachings of The Four Noble Truths and The Eight Fold Path at there centre for reference and as there core principles.

The Practice of Meditation & Mindfulness

Meditation & Mindfulness allows us to truly understand our mind and how it works within the world around us. Practicing this ancient art isn’t just about relaxing and feeling better, those are just great side effects of something that has the potential to change your life.

Practiced by the Buddha and passed down along a line of monks dating back more than 2500 years. A practice or path to follow to achieve enlightenment and relieve suffering of mind. The same path that has seen thousands upon thousands of male and female, young and old, educated or uneducated follow that same path to become enlightenment and end the cycle of suffering.

If your looking to learn this ancient art of Meditation & Mindfulness then our Meditation series have been developed to take you from beginner to meditating like a monk in no time at all. Using all the tricks I learnt while spending my own time as a Buddhist monk in North Thailand these meditations have been passed to me from a linage dating back the the Buddha himself.

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Dhamma Tāpasā*

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*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. A Buddhist Life Coach, Mindfulness Trainer, Motivational Speaker and Published Author.

Creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle.

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The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove

During the development of Buddhism in China towards a more Taoist style and approach there lived the wonderful seven monks of the bamboo grove. These Seven Sages have a historical significance to play in their role in the school of pure conversation.

The Seven were all, well-to-do, men of distinction, however they were never persuaded by wealthy pursuits, rejected fame and ambition and idealised the recluse life of simplicity.

The seven would gather to indulge in lively conversations , writing poetry and music whilst drinking wine.

It seems our Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove liked a tipple. This is seen as an abandonment of the sense in Buddhism. However they did master a level of enlightenment unparalleled by their closest rivals of the time. This is demonstrated in the two stories below about three of the Sages

The Legends that made The Seven Sages Of The Bamboo Grove

There is a story that one of the Seven Sages, a man named Liu Ling (221-330bc.), continuously received guests while completely naked. His response to adverse comment was to declare,

“I take the whole universe as my house and my own room as my clothing. Why, then, do you enter here into my trousers.”

It is also told that two of the sages (Juan Chi, 210-63, and his nephew Juan Hsien) often sat drinking with their family in such conviviality that they skipped the nuisance of cups and just drank directly from a wine bowl on the ground. When pigs wandered by, these too were invited to sip from the same chalice.

If one exempts all nature, including pigs, from distinction, discrimination, and duality, why exclude them as drinking companions?

But perhaps the most significant insight of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove was their recognition of the limited uses of language. We are told, “They engaged in conversation ’til, as they put it, they reached the Unnameable, and ‘stopped talking and silently understood each other with a smile.’

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*Dhamma Tāpasā is a trained former Buddhist Monk and the spiritual name given to Andrew Hallas. A Buddhist Life Coach, Mindfulness Trainer, Motivational Speaker and Published Author.

Creator of the highly acclaimed “The Four Trees” a story of learning how we can all live a more fulfilled and content lifestyle.

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Meditation as a personal journey

Meditation is a very personal journey from the path we find meditation on, too the journey of personal discovery meditation brings. Each of us has our life story, the ups and downs of love, Anger, of loneliness and elation, all squished together over the many years to create a tapestry of memories, events and experiences that shape our very existence. These then shape into behavioural patterns we continually present to the world as Me, I and the Ego

My personal journey with meditation started a long time ago and really took many years before I understood fully what I was doing. For the first few years I suffered with my posture finding the pressure in my knees to much to sit for any period of time. I now understand the correct sitting posture, helping me to sit for longer periods of time. But if meditation was only about sitting for great lengths of time then all chickens would all be enlightened, as the great master Ajahn Chah used too say.

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To practice meditation is to be aware, aware of the present moment. Too become an observer of the mind in every moment is true meditation. In the observance of mind we can truly uncover the mysteries of the entire universe, the interconnectedness and impermanence of all things and the unconditional love that comes from being present and aware.

Like everything in life, patience and being kind to yourself go an incredibly long way in helping you build a solid foundation in meditation. It’s like any exercise we do to strengthen our muscles the first few times are tough and are muscles ache and seem to scream Stop! Slowly over time we build those muscles and it becomes a little easier, we start to see our progress which in turn spurs us on to ever more success. The exact same is true for meditation only we are training our mind in the powers of concentration.

It has taken me many years practicing in countless meditation centres across Europe and Asia and as a Buddhist monk during rains retreats to finally becoming solid in my meditation practice. I now love meditation so much, that given the time I can sit for hours in pure bliss, it has become the first thing I now want to do as I rise from sleep, I used to go for a cup of coffee to kick start my day, I now meditate.

I am not fully enlightened or claim to be, I am on the path to enlightenment and have dedicated my entire life to this endeavour. I have years and years of experience from meeting true enlightened masters to actual real meditation experience. I can help you!

The whole of this website is slowly growing to enable me to help all those who sincerely want to practice meditation. Instead of trying so desperately hard by yourself let this website and myself help and guide you along the path, use my many years of mistakes and lessons learnt as your short cut to your meditation success.

Slowly over time I will be filling the pages of this website with helpful tips and tricks I’ve personally been taught or learnt while meditating. As well as articles on my own meditation journey glimpsing into the contemplative subjects I endeavour to uncover the answers too, and personal reflections into my life and past traumas overcome.

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