LEVEL II: The Compassionate Buddha is one of our most practical teachers of mind/body medicine. From the very first line of the Dhammapada—“our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think”—the Buddha explains what leads to joy and health and what leads to dis-ease and sorrow. Then he explains how to take our lives into our own hands. Without esoterica or metaphysics, without appeal to anything superhuman, the Compassionate Buddha encourages us to experiment with our minds in order to experience health and happiness. Join us to celebrate the Buddha’s birth-day by studying his practical teaching.
The Compassionate Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama in the 6th century BC, the son of a royal family of Nepal. He walked away from his riches and life of comfort at the age of 30, seeking spiritual fulfillment through a path of contemplation and asceticism before achieving enlightenment while sitting beneath the Bodhi tree. The Buddha’s teachings of the Four Noble Truths form the core of Buddhism, a religion that was derived from Yoga Science.
The word Buddha is a Sanskrit word that means “the awakened one;” thus, the Buddha is one who is awake and truly alive, moment to moment—freely making conscious, discriminating choices of actions by coordinating the functions of the mind to the buddhi (conscience). The Compassionate Buddha taught in India at roughly the same time that Confucius and Lao-tzu were teaching in China.