How to Practice Buddhism! (The Complete Guide)

Sharing buttons:

what is up and welcome to toys corner a

channel for personal and spiritual


I'm coy and spiritual life means a life

of betterment and growth but not just

for our own ego needs but for the needs

of others our community and planet at

large so it's easy to see why a

philosophy and practice such as Buddhism

might be something many people turn to

or want to pick up and act out for it is

a religion and philosophy that picked up

over 2,500 years ago and has split into

many different schools and branches such

as tera vaada Mahayana Zen Buddhism and

so forth all of which focus mainly are

not just compassion and living in daily

life but also on cessation of suffering

in this human manifestation but doing

such things take steps in the same way

completing any task takes steps to

prepare us for it or to enact it so with

that being said let us get into how to

live a Buddhist life or how to be a

Buddhist now I know I've done many

videos on Buddhism before a few of which

you can find up here but this serves as

a kind of end-all-be-all

single video essentially the core of

what you need to know and practice to be

a Buddhist now in Buddhist philosophy

and in the Pali Canon and in all the

suitors of Buddhism there are hundreds

if not thousands of precepts terms ideas

and so forth that comprise what Buddhism

is but this is the core of what you need

this is pretty much the outline basis

that virtually all schools of Buddhism

not only adhere to but teach so first we

must sit back and think for a moment and

question what about us wants to be a

Buddhist where does our notion of living

a Buddhist life come into the picture

what part of you as a specific human

being wants to be but is it being done

to maybe branch or distance yourself

from your past religion is it

an Eastern philosophy that you might

think is retro or cool or interesting

where is this need or want to be

Buddhism stemming from isolating this is

our first step and we want you isolate

it realize that if that can't change and

if you can't grow past that reasoning

for being a Buddhist you will never be

able to fully live a Buddhist life

because one of the core tenets of

Buddhism is transcending our need

wanting and attachment to being not only

somebody but living as somebody being a

Buddhist having a name place upon us as

a Buddhist especially the term Buddhism

itself or being called a birth itself is

paradoxical in the sense that we

shouldn't allow it to define us because

the core of Buddhism is focused on the

liberation of self the detachment the

escape from the eye so it's important to

know going into Buddhism that even

utilizing the label of being a Buddhist

is something that one day you will need

to transcend and if you can accept this

and know that you will have to change

eventually and grow out of this ego

identification well then we can move on

to the next step so now that we realize

that we are not trying to be a Buddha

that we are not trying to achieve

something with Buddhism that the ego is

not the fundamental goal of Buddhism but

merely to practice the teachings of

Siddhartha Gautama it makes the pressure

that is on us to be a successful or a

good Buddhist or a productive Buddhist a

little less daunting because instead of

the ego late and focus on Buddhism being

the primary foundation for our practice

we can turn inward to the heart and

allow the heart center or a loving place

to be our foundation essentially we are

practicing the practice just to practice

the practice because we love practicing

the practice and it works for us because

any good Buddhist or I should say any

true Buddhist knows that they don't have

to be referred to as a Buddhist to be

one they know these label conceptions

are just there to describe things

without on a universal level they don't

flow describe the practice itself quite

frankly you can be a Buddhist without

ever calling yourself one at all so with

this out of the way we can move in

to the core tenets of this board

philosophy and the daily steps we may

take to practice what is living and

again while this will be a quick and

simple efficient synopsis of Buddhism as

I said before I have many many videos

listed above that go into much greater

detail on these topics so the first is

that of the three jewels the Buddha the

Dharma and the Sangha these are the

pillars if you will of Buddhist life and

Buddhist practice they are pretty much

just a reiteration of trusting the

process or essentially having faith and

is why these three jewels are labeled

when described as seeking refuge in so

we seek refuge in the Buddha we seek

refuge in the Dharma and we seek refuge

in the Sangha the first case is seeking

refuge in the Buddha which is seeking

refuge essentially in Siddhartha Gautama

himself as our teacher and knowing that

we too can awaken this inner Buddhahood

that exists not just for the desert

Gotama but within every human being on

earth the second jewel is seeking refuge

in the Dharma or seeking refuge in

throughout the Gotama

teachings the same way that if we come

from a Catholic foundation we can seek

refuge in the words of God written in

the Bible

well in this case for Buddhism we seek

refuge instead of to be Thomas core

tenants and the core things he taught

and the core steps he use or realize I

should say to awaken and if we take

these steps as well that this awakening

has a potential of occurring within us

and the third is seeking refuge in the

Sangha or in the spiritual community

that surrounds us with our Buddhist

practice basically the people we

interact with on a spiritual day-to-day

life and the community we surround

ourselves with that also shares and

practices similar views and this is why

it's important if you are truly getting

into Buddhist living the same way

anybody getting into any devoted truly

devoted spiritual or religious practice

you want to seek out churches or

foundations or places of worship or

practice that revolve around again what

you are practicing that way you can

surround yourself with like-minded

individuals who can

help you not only understand we were

practicing more but help you stay in the

realm of that thought process so once

this is down we move on to the most

popular and well-known aspect of

Buddhism which encompasses the Four

Noble Truths of Buddhism and the

Eightfold Path that follows first of all

truth is that there is suffering or

dukkha is a way of of translating it

more so frustration that there is

frustration in life in this essence

conditioned life a expected way of

living a way of living that we are

conditioned to view and in this notion

the second noble truth is that this said

suffering is caused by our desires and

our attachments to life being a certain

way or things being a certain way that

means wanting a movie to end a certain

way a certain person to like us a

certain promotion to occur for us a

certain food to taste a certain way all

these desires and attachments have the

potential to lead to suffering if we

have an expected or wanted outcome the

third noble truth is that since we have

suffering stemming from attachments and

desires there is also a way to cease

this attachment desires and therefore

cease suffering therefore through

cultivating detachment from our wants

and our desires we have the ability to

attain nirvana which leads into the

fourth noble truth being the attainment

of Nirvana as something done or awakened

through following was known as the

Eightfold Path or as many Buddhists call

it the Eightfold Path of compassionate

living and in brief the Eightfold Path

is essentially how we can live with

compassionate non-attachment

in each in any moment by perfecting each

of the methods to come when we do this

we have the ability to see suffering

completely no matter how it may arise

and upon ceasing our attachments in any

format we fall into a state of Nirvana

which is blissful acceptance of the

world as it is in every single moment

with no lingering attachments to it

being any certain way and the Eightfold

Path is as followed first we have ripe

or compassionate view second is right or

compassionate intention third is right

or compassionate speech fourth is right

or compassionate acts

fifth is right or compassionate and

livelihood sixth is right or

compassionate effort seven which is

right our compassionate mindfulness of

the body feelings in mind nourish Chaya

Madonna and cheetah respectively and

eight is right for compassionate

meditation which is mostly done and

mostly practice in Buddhism as viana or

single pointed meditation a single

source of focus completely one pointed

with its origin and nature that we can

use enter the state of attachment loving

detachment and finally in order to

practice all that we have learned so far

we must understand the five skandhas or

the five aggregates of Buddhism that

lead us to identifying as an individual

and expecting an accepting life as

something played out with separateness

as an inherent part of nature

essentially the i living the dualistic

scenario of me in the universe or me

verse the universe or koi and everyone

else where ultimate reality is actually

utter oneness these five aggregates take

us out of pure utter awareness and hold

us kind of hostage in this ego box and

it's a prison of eyeness of meanness

specifically which being something we

try to define will always lead to us

cultivating suffering and therefore not

allowing any of the steps before to

really function as fully as they should

essentially by reminding ourselves and

staying acutely aware of these five

aggregates in daily life we can learn to

see their illusory nature and by

accepting them as illusory we see

through the illusion of the separateness

completely so these five aggregates are

as followed number one is a Rupa or

physical form which usually applies to

us identifying as just our body as who

we are or what we are being contained to

the material extremities that we possess

in a human form we have to see that this

too is not just that we are not just the


number two is vadhana or emotions and

feelings as we talked about with a

step of the April path this can create

problems because we identify with our

emotions and that locks us in to a

subjective box we identify with being a

sad person or a happy person or an

anxious person and any of these

identifications create a conceptual

outline foundation of what we consider

ourselves to be and therefore limit us

we have to see that we are not just what

we feel there is much more to it than

that and to define ourselves as just

this will always somehow lead to

suffering arise

number three is sums not or perceptions

essentially how we perceive and deduce

life to be by perceiving life in any

physical way as the only way I am dis

looting myself because I am forgetting

that I am only seeing not only one

wavelength with my eyes but also that

what I'm seeing is not always that for a

great way to visualize this is that we

know a cloud to be a cloud when we see

it but we don't think about the fact

that it is only a quote-unquote cloud as

we see it now in reality that is just

water vapor condensing and moving and

morphing and forming if we kept our eyes

on it long enough we would watch

dissipate come back together dissipate

in the same way that waves rise fall and

crash we know that the way it was only a

way if we perceive it as such we have to

do this with all of life and see

everything is just a manifestation of

totality in a specific or conceptual

form for a certain amount of time but in

reality it is much more fluid and much

more temporal by doing this we stop

identifying with everything as directly

what we perceive it to be and see it's

fluid nature so moving on number four is

samskaara or a mental construct which

mainly means how we choose to react and

act in regards to the way our mind

thinks essentially our reactions are

based on past experiences emotions and

ideas that might not always be logical

or helpful so a good way that to combat

this is to just act as purely as you can

all the time in all of waking life to be

the best you can

compassionately which

along with step number two in the

Eightfold Path right action just being

as as loving of being as you can at all

times no matter what is going on and by

doing this we see through these mental

constructs that our ego likes to form

around us and the fifth and final

aggregate is there's none on which is

consciousness itself which is hard to

quantify but basically just that

consciousness is nothing but a a

collection of sensory experiences

everything we think the fact that we

have consciousness is a collection of

our thoughts sight what we hear what we

feel what we remember all these sensory

and tactile experiences are what

collectively create what we understand

our framework of consciousness to be so

it's important that when we see this

when we see that what we are is is a

combination of what we know and what we

have experienced it helps us to stop

identifying with consciousness at some

specific way of being that it is just as

fluid at the ocean itself essentially

not to identify with any of these things

that arise consciously but to flow with

them to just flow with it all instead of

identifying or obsessing over a certain

way or a certain conscious mode of

living or thinking so with all this in

mind if we can practice all of these

things be mindful of them read about

them every day memorize them to start we

can truly start to live a Buddhist life

because these are mainly the core tenets

of all Buddhist practice no matter what

school of Buddhism you fall into

well in Zen it might get a little more

philosophical and drop off much quicker

through tera vaada and Mahayana Buddhism

is practiced in both of these and has

been for thousands of years

and if we do this with loving detachment

with love for all of it the way it is

but accepting the temporal nature of

reality we cease to suffer because we

don't expect life to be any certain way

and one's expectations fall away we fall

into a blissful state known as Nirvana

so meditate daily it is healthy and as

harmlessly as you can abstain from

stimulants that take us away from the

ultimate experience such as drugs and

any other actions you prime

early partaken that are used to define

you in a very egoic and selfish way this

can be sex this can be really anything

that takes you away from allowing things

to form and rise and fall as they may

again like I said a Buddhist doesn't

care whether or not he defined as a

Buddhist and the same way a true but

doesn't identify with anything he does

specifically and doesn't allow them to

define him so that is really the

complete guide to being a Buddhist

everything else beyond these steps is

again just extra stuff you can use to

better your practice which I would just

say do as much research as you like

into what is it find what else works for

you but this is what's been taught and

was taught by throughout the Gotama and

is most primarily and fundamentally

known and expressed in Buddhist

philosophy so hopefully that video can

help you guys out if you have any

questions or comment please feel free to

like subscribe and leave those down

below and as always I'll see you guys

next time