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What is Bud­dhism?

Va­jra­jy­oti prac­tices Western Bud­dhism, a mix of an­cient Bud­dhist tra­di­tions with Western tech­niques to de­velop mind­ful­ness and com­pas­sion.

Tra­di­tional Bud­dhism was founded by Gu­atama Sid­dhartha who was en­light­ened aged 35 and taught the prin­ci­ples of Bud­dhism un­til his death at 80.

What does be­ing Bud­dhist mean to you?

It means de­vel­op­ing mind­ful­ness and com­pas­sion to bring to my ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties. It’s a key fo­cus in my life. By de­vel­op­ing mind­ful­ness and com­pas­sion I can re­spond ap­pro­pri­ately to people in all sorts of sit­u­a­tions. It gives me a sense of mean­ing in my life out­side our con­sumerist cul­ture.

How do you prac­tise in your daily life?

I med­i­tate most days for 20 to 40 min­utes or do a walk­ing med­i­ta­tion. I try to live eth­i­cally, not harm­ing people or other be­ings, and be gen­er­ous and truth­ful and kind in my speech.

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