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.