Why does so much philosophy take place in bars and coffeehouses? What's the relationship between drinking and thinking?
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Buddhism teaches that in order to transform our world, we must transform ourselves. We must cultivate the capacity to be genuinely concerned about the welfare of others.
Siddhartha actually became the Buddha through his failure at religion. He saw that the ascetic practices he'd been engaged in were not leading him to true liberation, and so he left them behind.
The Buddha's teachings today still describe a deeply personal inner journey that's spiritual, yes, but not religious. The Buddha wasn't a god -- he wasn't even a Buddhist.
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