Translation by me….
Buddha was a proper geezer.
As a youngster he was a great martial artist.
Despite being a prince he became (in current slang parlance) ‘woke’.
The word ‘Buddha’ means ‘one who is awake’.
He left his wife and child (making sure they were cared for) and went ‘walkabout’ to find himself.
Buddha is not a god. He is not a son of god. He is not immortal. He was not a prophet.
He became a master of logic.
He was (in slang terms) a ‘proper geezer’.
When he found himself he put it in simple logical terms.
It hurts when you want or don’t want something.
You can stop doing this to yourself.
He then gave 8 pointers to the way of becoming woke.
Here’s the 8 pointers:
Plan with that perspective in mind
Speak the truth
Earn a living without hurting anyone
Put in the right effort
He gave 3 helpful truths about existence:
Nothing stays the same
This can make you suffer
We are all like waves rising from staying connected to and returning to the sea.
He said it helps to:
Always look for the truth
Have good mates to support each other
Buddhism is the path of logical self examination to discover the truth of who and what you are.
And that is why the ethos of traditional martial arts are steeped in this wisdom.
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