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Also, throughout this book, we cite (not too often, we hope) Buddhist technical terms and personal names from the ancient Indian languages Pali and Sanskrit (in which the Buddhist scriptures were first written) and from a smattering of other Asian languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Tibetan. Wherever possible, we simplify the spelling of these words to reflect their approximate pronunciation, and we omit most of the marks that scholars of these languages typically employ when writing them using the Latin alphabet.
Renunciation is not simply for the ordained. For the lay, it entails the ability to quickly locate and effectively deal with the defilements circulated by capitalism, consumerism, and the mainstream mass media. 4. Wisdom means knowing the truth according to nature and the ability to resolve social problems through nonviolence. 5. Effort/endeavor implies courage or “voluntarism” in the face of obstacle(s), without neglecting the “theories and practices” of Buddhism. 6. Endurance/forbearance means flexibility, as well as fighting for good causes without being enamored by power.
They falsely assume that you’re meant to withdraw from the affairs of ordinary life into a peaceful, detached, and unaffected inner realm until you no longer feel any emotion or concern about the things that once mattered to you. Nothing could be farther from the truth. ) According to several Buddhist schools, the main purpose of meditation isn’t to calm the mind (though this result may happen and is certainly conducive to the meditative process), nor is it to become uncaring. Instead, the purpose is to experience the profound and ultimately liberating insight into the nature of reality and yourself that we talk about in the section “Understanding the Function of Philosophy in Buddhism,” earlier in this chapter — an insight that shows you who you are and what life is about and frees you from suffering once and for all.