Buddhism is one of the world’s four main religions, but yet it differs from the usual meaning of the word “religion”. Being a Buddhist, do not mean that you believe in something, but it is important to investigate the mind yourself through the methods that the historical Buddha gave 2500 years ago.

Buddhism is growing in the West

With its strong philosophical and psychological explanations, Buddhism is logical and it invites people to take responsibility for their own lives. Until the middle of the 20th century buddhism was only available in the East, but the last 50 years there has been a huge interest for its effective methods for quick human development in the West.

The term “Buddhism” origins from the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, who was born in northern India about 2500 years ago. Of course, the historical Buddha did not name his teaching Buddhism. He used the expression “dharma”. Several years later, the term “Buddhism” was used in the West to describe Buddha’s teachings.

Experiencing the nature of mind – for the benefit of oneself and others

Dharma, which is a word from Sanskrit, translates to “the way things are”. Therefore, Buddhism can be described as a tool set, which makes us able to see things, as they really are – here and now. The core of Buddhism is experiencing the nature of mind. Buddha’s teachings point at how you can remove the veils of the mind, and thereby realize its full potential. When you have realized the nature of mind, you experience a state of fearlessness, highest joy and active compassion.

Through the three pillars of Buddhism – verifiable non-dogmatic teachings, meditation, and the means to solidify the levels of awareness that are attained – we are able to realize the inherent power and clarity of   mind, and develop inner richness for the benefit of all living beings.