As you know, Gautama Buddha was born into a wealthy and privileged family but something changed within him. Something urged him to come out of his shell of comfort and entitlement and search for truth. Everyone thought he was wrong to question his material pleasures. His father, his wife, and those of the palace community feared that his restlessness would bring him harm. Did it? Does the search for truth ever bring harm? Be careful to not answer too quickly. You can probably think of a number of people, perhaps in your own family, who have suffered for telling or living the truth. The Buddha speaks of these situations. It’s called the Buddha wisdom. We move toward Buddha wisdom when we search and when we question established beliefs and principles. That does not mean we cast off all that we have been taught. We question it in search of the truth.
What have you been taught to be true? It might be a religious teaching or a societal truth. Discuss your examples and what you agree with or disagree with. Has your Buddha wisdom kicked in to find the answers?
The key to Buddha wisdom is to practice compassion. Compassion is the answer to all things. What situations in your life do you think would radically change if seen through the eyes of compassion? Can those eyes be your eyes?
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