Are you familiar with Buddhism, or curious about it? Do you practice Buddhism?
Buddhism in a nutshell: there is suffering in life. suffering is caused by attachment. Suffering can be overcome, and is overcame by living and thinking in a logical, compassionate way.
The older school of thought, Theravada, has a great English-language website put together:
whats different between buddhism & notbuddhism?
Why would I want to follow Buddhism over hedonism?
In the western world founded on Christianity, it is difficult to accept and internalize the concept of karma; it ultimately clashes with the christian compassion idea. If a person suffers from poverty or even illness, it's their karma; to help them is not automatically an act of compassion. This is difficult even for non-Christians because the opposite is taken for granted in the West.
Buddhism seeks the liberation from suffering for all sentient creatures, so how could compassion be viewed as a wrong? A monk is even supposed to have compassion for a gang of sadists who kidnap him, torture him, and slay him, according to the dhamma.
33chan, come over
Theravada is the whackest of the paths. Read Tsongkhapa. The fastest path is taught by the gelugpa
May as well start somewhere.
How do people like the Dhammapada?