“The Four Noble Truths are pragmatic rather than dogmatic. They suggest a course of action to be followed rather than a set of dogmas to be believed. The four truths are prescriptions for behavior rather than descriptions of reality. The Buddha compares himself to a doctor who offers a course of therapeutic treatment to heal one’s ills. To embark on such a therapy is not designed to bring one any closer to ‘the Truth’ but to enable one’s life to flourish here and now, hopefully leaving a legacy that will continue to have beneficial repercussions after one’s death. (154)” ― Stephen Batchelor, Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist

You said it, brother !!!

What an interesting day to hear Steven Batchelor speak on his take on secular buddhism.

The sun was hot, the sky was blue, I was wearing a monk’s hairdo.

Sitting in a buddha body, working on a buddha mind

To what affect is my relation with mankind ?

It occurs to me it matters not

The sky was blue, the sun was hot

I sit and think and hope to break through

I just wear a monks hairdo