What is Buddhism?
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of reality. Buddhist practices like meditation are means of changing yourself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path — a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood. An enlightened being sees the nature of reality absolutely clearly, just as it is, and lives fully and naturally in accordance with that vision. This is the goal of the Buddhist spiritual life, representing the end of suffering for anyone who attains it.
Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshiping a creator god, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. So Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, caste, sexuality, or gender. It teaches practical methods which enable people to realize and use its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives.1
Empatharian Movement for Peace Is Unique
Empatharian is also a path of practice and spiritual development leading to well-being, happiness, and effectiveness in the world. It is a path of action that is parallel to the Buddhist path in many ways, but also parallel to Christian mysticism, Muslim practices, and many spiritual paths. We talk about source energy, and higher power in our lives, which some can embrace as “God”, if that is how their religion sees it. It can also be seen as a healing energy that is within each person, their own healing re-generating energy, on a cellular level.
The goal of Empatharian Movement for Peace is inner and outer peace, not enlightenment particularly. You do movement meditations to help align body, mind, and spirit. You live your life in kindness to communicate, relate, and facilitate peace and peace-building. You are working to be more in touch with the world and its suffering, more empathetic and compassionate in your actions towards yourself and others. You aren’t seeking altered states when you do Empatharian Movement for Peace, just presence in the here and now, which includes your inheritance and experiences in the past, and the projection of your energies into the future.
Being a Buddhist Empatharian
Buddhists and people who do Buddhist practice will find Empatharian very compatible with their beliefs and faith, and philosophically empowering when doing Empatharian. If you are a Buddhist, you will enjoy Empatharian Movement for Peace, not only as a new interactive communication, but also as an enhancement of your practice, promoting and expanding your spiritual and source energy.
Empatharian expressive arts will be a way to map your sub-conscious and unconscious life. Sadness or depression can be teachers, but not the only parents of your emotional life. Facilitators will be on hand but the personal journey you embarked on by joining Empatharian is your own private path, creating your own goals and intentions, nurturing and developing your own resilience and personal power. Coaching yes, facilitating yes, but we will always refer you to seeking professional counseling help elsewhere if need be.
Many people will find the diversity of the world community of Empatharians an exciting and inspiring place. As you develop your skills at non-violent communication and conflict resolution, you will find great satisfaction and accomplishment. As you help create the universal language of gestures that Empatharian is becoming, you embark on a great adventure.