Re-discovery of an ancient path
2500 years ago, a man is said to have “re-discovered an ancient path”. A path to the end of suffering. Having attained “the total end of suffering”, he spent the remainder of his life teaching this skill to others, and providing them with the tools to enable them to do the same. He seems to have been on a mission to virally spread this gift to put an end to all of the suffering in the world.
This man famously proclaimed “I teach one thing and one thing only. Suffering and the end of suffering.” The name he gave to the “end of suffering” was “nibbana”. And the path of practice leading to nibbana he called “the 8-fold path”. This man was the Buddha.
Forgotten again and in need of re-discovery
2500 years later, despite the fact that there are half a billion adherents of Buddhism, the actual skill of attaining nibbana seems to have become lost and in need of re-discovery once again.
Why has it been forgotten?
Throughout all of history, the ruling class, through punishment and reward, has sought to subvert religion and transform it into a tool used to morally justify their rule. Unfortunately, it is happening again today before our very eyes.
Here, in the west, the uncomfortable truth is that much of Western Buddhism has abandoned the “awakening” of the Buddha in favor of “wokism” – the terrifying ideology of “fake empathy” and “fake compassion” which the vulnerable narcissists of the ruling class use to fuel the fires of greed, hate and delusion in order to “divide and rule” and to break and subjugate the people into slavery in their insatiable pursuit of money, power and status for themselves.
By willing promulgating these lies, the leadership of Western Buddhism is backing the LIE of systemic racism with the moral authority of religion. As such, they are directly responsible for the violence and death being used by the corporate ruling class to seize control of democratic institutions.
Of the few brave souls who risk social ostracism by remaining loyal to the teachings of the Buddha, sadly, many seem to have lost faith in attaining nibbana. Amongst the few who do, acquiring the skill and teaching others to replicate their achievement seems to be low on their list of priorities. I will refrain from speculating on motives. It is sufficient to point out that acquiring the ability to attain nibbana and to do so efficiently is a need which is not being met.
This failure could not come at a worse possible time. Although we may wish to turn away from this uncomfortable truth, we can all feel in our bones that the polarization in our world which foreshadows a return to the dark days of unrestrained violence is growing stronger and stronger and stronger. This is occurring in a world with enough weapons of mass destruction to exterminate the entire species many times over.
These dark times give rise to a desperate need for the skill of nibbana to become more widely acquired. If a critical mass of humans can acquire the ability to restrain their primal compulsions, we may yet avoid destroying ourselves.
After 10 years of striving, I finally succeeded in acquiring this skill in mid-2020. This blog is my attempt to reverse-engineer what I did in the hopes that others can replicate the achievement much faster and more efficiently.
I wish to express my gratitude to those teachers who remained loyal to the teachings of the Buddha during these dark times. I could not have done this without their contributions and am eternally grateful. Unfortunately, they must remain nameless in the interest of protecting them from the woke mob.