What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is a path of practice through which we can awaken to our full potential, causing less suffering for ourselves and others.

Ultimately the path leads to complete freedom from suffering, along with the development of the positive qualities of Love, Wisdom and Compassion. This Path was re-discovered by the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama , 2600 years ago. Upon re-discovering the Path he became known as the Buddha, a name meaning ‘one who is Awake’. In other words he became Enlightened and fully awake to the nature of reality; completely free from from biases and distorted views of reality with full Wisdom and Compassion and completely free from Suffering.

Buddhists believe that it’s possible for all of us to evolve and develop our full potential as human beings, by following this well trodden Path of practice. In Buddhism there isn’t a Creator God. Instead our experience is said to be the consequence of conditions arising from our environment and actions.

The Buddhist Path consists of meditation through which we can take responsibility for ourselves, transform our hearts and minds and thus become more aware. With more awareness and a deepening insight into the nature of things we can make more informed and skilful choices in the actions we take, leading to less suffering in the world around us.