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Why people are drawn to Buddhism

Why are more people turning to Buddhism today? Of course, there are a variety of reasons for this because there are so many different people and everyone is an individual, but I think most people turn to Buddhism these days because they see more and more problems appearing in their lives.

What kinds of problems people are suffering from today

Some problems have existed for as long as there have been human beings on this earth, and maybe even before that, with animals, even before human beings: problems relating to one another, problems that stem from anger, fighting, problems. These are problems that everyone has faced for almost forever, so nothing special is what you or I are experiencing now. And then of course there are newer problems that just make things harder, like economic problems, problems from wars, etc. So these problems are becoming more and more noticeable. People cannot find a solution for how to deal with it personally, especially emotionally and consciously. In what they know so far, they cannot find a solution.

But one of the great things about today is communication, especially what we now call the information age, and even more so now in the age of social media. This means that more and more information is available to us about many alternative methods. And many Buddhist leaders, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, have traveled the world. And many people have experienced personalities themselves and have seen with their own eyes who have managed to develop themselves to an extraordinary extent, so that they are able to maintain a peaceful, calm and loving spirit even in the face of the most difficult situations - such as the loss of their home country. This has added the quality of inspiration from a living person to the mere information we can glean from the internet or books, which is a very important factor.

So many people turn to Buddhism primarily because they are looking for a solution to the problems they are facing and they hope that Buddhism can offer something to cope with life. This applies equally to whether Buddhism is rather alien in your society or whether it plays a traditional role in your own people.

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The rational side of Buddhism

In this context, that one hopes for possible solutions from Buddhism, different different aspects of Buddhism have an attractive effect on different people. Among what the Dalai Lama emphasizes, and what many find extremely attractive, is his emphasis on the rational, analytical and practical sides of Buddhism. He points out that the Buddhist approach is very similar to a scientific approach, namely that we don't just accept certain principles out of blind belief or piety, but rather follow the scientific method of logic and reasoning, in-depth investigation and the pragmatic approach, something to try for yourself - to experiment and see if the methods taught in Buddhism actually produce the results they say they are supposed to produce in terms of maintaining a peaceful mind and coping better with problems. And because our approach is very practical and not idealistic, but practical based on what is realistic, what will actually be of use to us in everyday life.

In addition, if there are aspects of the traditional Buddhist teachings that are found to be incorrect or incompatible with scientific knowledge - for example, regarding the structure of the universe - then His Holiness is ready to drop any of this from the Buddhist teachings and use the scientific point of view instead, because that is not incompatible. Because in Buddhism the emphasis is on reality, not fantasy, and the Buddha was not there to teach us geography, but to show a way to deal with problems in our lives. The traditional teachings about the size of this planet, the distance between the earth, the sun and the moon - these things were just explained in the traditional way that humans could understand two and a half thousand years ago. The traditional teachings on these things aren't really that important, that's not the essence of Buddhist teachings. And His Holiness asks scientists, for example, to refute rebirth instead of just carelessly dismissing it by saying, “I don't think so.” “I don't think so” is not a valid reason to claim it is anything not there.

So this is something that definitely appeals to people with a more rational disposition. And between the Buddhist side, especially the Dalai Lama, and the scientific side, a lot of cross-fertilization took place, so to speak. Especially in the field of medicine, as it is emphasized in the Buddhist teachings, is that our health is strongly influenced by our state of consciousness. When we are very pessimistic - very negative and constantly worried about me, me, me and so on - it damages our immune system, diseases get worse and we don't get well again anytime soon. If, on the other hand, we are confident, think of all the others who have similar illnesses, and then our families, etc., then we are not whining all the time. Our minds and hearts are more pure and that strengthens the immune system. Scientists have carried out numerous studies on this and verified these relationships, so that such methods are now advocated in many hospitals.

There are also many methods in Buddhism that are great for relieving pain. Pain is bad enough in itself, but when you add the fear of it and feel completely tense inside, it just makes it worse. In Buddhism, various methods are taught in connection with breath meditation that help us deal with pain significantly better, and have been reviewed and used in a number of hospitals. These methods do not need a Buddhist cover in which to be delivered. There is no need to explain Buddhist teachings in detail to anyone in order for him or her to practice these methods. These are generally available methods that anyone in any belief system can use. But because they come from the Buddhist teachings, one or the other may develop a little interest in what exactly these teachings are about. The same thing can be seen in people learning martial arts. The martial arts developed in Buddhist societies, and many people who practice them have become interested in the Buddhist background to these teachings.

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Inspiration from spiritual teachers

But of course there are also people who are not overly rational, who do not approach their lives very scientifically, and inside there were other aspects of Buddhism that we liked. I already hinted at one aspect when I mentioned the inspiration from great spiritual masters: More and more great spiritual masters are circling the world, their teachings are available on the Internet in the form of books, audio and video recordings, and people who are more devoted , have been very inspired by it. While many people are quite disappointed in the leaders they have heard of or met in political, economic, or other areas, they look to these Buddhist masters in the hope that they will find someone with more integrity here .

Of course, we have to be realistic: not every spiritual teacher with a Buddhist background is completely impeccable. After all, they're all human, just like us. They have their strengths and their weaknesses. But a very large number of them are really quite extraordinary. And that's why people - some people, I should better say - were very inspired by them, especially by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. What goes through their minds and moves them in their hearts is often: “If only I could be like that!” Such personalities serve as role models for something that is actually achievable for each of us. Because someone like His Holiness the Dalai Lama always says: “There is nothing special about me.” In fact, the Buddha also said: “There is nothing special about me. I started just like you did. I had and still have the same work materials as hers - mind, heart, basic human values, caring for others, and so on. And I've worked very hard to develop it, and if you make an effort, you will develop it as well. ”People like His Holiness the Dalai Lama do not try to inspire others to put it above themselves as something super sacred, to whom we could not possibly be equal or connected. And that appeals very strongly to those who are more devoted and not so scientifically oriented in their approach to life.

Reviving the tradition of Buddhist practice

In areas that were traditionally Buddhist, but where various circumstances have reduced access to Buddhist practice, a further attraction of Buddhism today is to bring the tradition back to life. This is a very important and legitimate approach, because in the face of the challenges of modern developments it is essential to have self-confidence and self-esteem. If we are told that everything our ancestors believed in is utter nonsense and that we would have to forget all of this if we were to really step into the modern world, then we get a very disparaging opinion of ourselves and our ancestors. It makes us feel that we are somehow not good enough, that we are stupid. And with such an attitude we lack self-esteem or self-confidence; we have no foundation to be proud of and grow on. Turning to our traditional customs and beliefs and reviving them is one of my favorite parts of creating the emotional basis for further development and modernization.

Now, of course, each tradition has its strengths and weaknesses that may have been exploited, and it is important to emphasize the strong aspects. In one particular school of psychology today, great emphasis is placed on the principle of loyalty. Everyone has a certain urge to be loyal to their family, clan, religion, or whatever it may be. And loyalty can go in two directions - either being loyal to the positive traits or to the negative. For example, if a tradition had the negative quality of intolerance towards other traditions and that was what was emphasized about that tradition, then the people who reject that tradition are still attached to the intolerant attitude and thus loyal to it. As a result, they reject it and then become very intolerant of anyone who could have believed in such a thing in the first place. That is negative or inappropriate loyalty. If, on the other hand, one does not deny the weak points of a tradition, but instead emphasizes the positive aspects, then people can be loyal to these positive aspects without turning a blind eye to the weak points, which could lead to the same mistakes being made again . So this is another attraction of Buddhism, especially in regions where it used to be a tradition. This is now an area where the aim is to revive and develop self-esteem, etc., regarding our culture, our ancestors and ourselves.

The exotic side of Buddhism

There is another group of people who are drawn to Buddhism because of their own imaginations. They have problems in life and are looking for some magical, exotic solution to them, and Buddhism - especially its Tibetan / Mongolian / Kalmuck form - is full of all sorts of exotic things: all the different deities with their many faces, arms and legs, all the mantras and so on. They seem a bit like magical formulas - as if all we had to do was recite them a million times and we'd be rid of all our problems. And there must be something magical about all these figures with so many arms and legs. Therefore, some people rely on Buddhism as a method to find happiness in this way, as I said, with some kind of magical methods.

While they may get some benefit from practicing such methods (cannot deny that there is some benefit even if we approach Buddhism in such a rather idealistic, unrealistic way), His Holiness the Dalai Lama keeps emphasizing that this is actually not realistic. It may have some use, but in the long run we will be disappointed because unfortunately there are no magical solutions. If we really want to find inner peace and have the ability to overcome problems in our life, we need to face the parts of ourselves that are not particularly nice or comfortable to look at. We have to face and deal with our anger, selfishness, greed, attachments, and so on. Just looking for a magical solution and disregarding these personal matters won't help much. But of course there are still many people for whom the attraction of Buddhism lies in these rather exotic proportions.

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In short, we see that there are many different aspects of Buddhism that people find appealing and appealing, but it is always based on a fundamental desire to find methods in Buddhism that will help us overcome ailments and problems in life. And no matter what prompts us to find a way to cope with life in Buddhism, the wonderful thing about Buddhist teachings that everyone likes is that it gives us actually applicable methods to help us overcome problems to help. It is a living tradition that contains two and a half thousand years of experience and there are still people who practice it and get results from it. So it is just a matter of using these methods; all of this is stated. Not just one method, but many, many different types of methods that the Buddha taught because he realized that everyone is an individual and different people find different methods useful. It's something that people really like. Because in all this multitude of Buddhist methods, like in an extensive menu in a restaurant, we always find something that is suitable for us. And if we try one of these and find it unsuitable for us, there are many others available. And the fact that we are living in the Information Age means that no matter where we live, we will have access to an increasing number of these methods.

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