Mind and Body – A Buddhist View


The focus point of the Buddhist teachings are the mind and body, which involves the human mind as the steering wheel. The Buddhism belief system teaches that the mind controls the body’s actions, with the individual’s viewpoint based on their values, human concepts, and expectations of their life. This is in contrast to the fact that the entire basis of Christianity revolves around God and his son, Jesus. The teachings of Buddha involves self-discipline, understanding, and insight of the essence of man’s soul. When becoming a better person, the individual will in turn form a better world through their actions.

The cores of most religions involve punishment, being born in evil, pleasure vs. pain, good vs. evil, and life vs. death. This is taught at a young age in most Christian churches, whereas the Buddhism faith refuses to recognizes such things-yet is continuously aware of them. The difference lies in the fact that they are viewed as a secondary aspect of life, as compared to the primary aspect of each person’s conscious experiences of what their daily life entails. Everything else is simply the result of each person’s feelings and attitudes, forming each one into who they are through their experiences, decision making, and the consequences of their actions or decision-making.

Material existence is recognized by Buddhims, but only as part of the fundamental reality of life. Each person’s existence on Earth is a continuous and every-changing perception of conscious experience, with the Buddhist viewpoint that each and every experience of our daily lives make us who we are and what our daily life consists of. At the peak of these experiences of the mind and body will lay matters that are secondary to what each person’s daily existence revolves around-who and what we love compared to what we teach ourselves to hate, the struggles of our daily lives on down to becoming defeated with those very same attributes, what we have learned to fear throughout our life, and what causes us the most sorrow and pain.

The Buddhism belief system states that, to quote the Reading Room:

Buddhist meditation

If the cause of suffering is primarily psychological, then it must follow that the cure, also, is psychological.” This is why meditation of the mind is so extremely important to the individual, with the Buddhism faith only pointing the way, allowing each person to work on their own path of salvation with pure intent and desire.

Mind is the forerunner of all (evil) conditions.
Mind is their chief, and they are mind-made.
If, with an impure mind, one speaks or acts,
Then suffering follows one
Even as the cart wheel follows the hoof of the ox.

Mind is the forerunner of all (good) conditions.
Mind is their chief, and they are mind-made.
If, with a pure mind, one speaks or acts,
Then happiness follows one
Like a never-departing shadow.


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