I have been a practicing Pagan for all my life. As I got older and started really considering my beliefs and looking into what I had trained in and learned throughout the years I started to feel that there was allot missing. Then I reconnected to Buddhism after reading Brad Warner’s book ‘Hardcore Zen’. I feel that Buddhism was able to fill in the gaps that Paganism left in my practices.
Even thou I had studied many different variations of Paganism and Wicca they never really gave much more guidance to your life than ‘Do what you want, but harm none’. This leaves a huge interpretation gap and little guidance along your path. There also is little if nothing available to turn to for inspiration or guidance in the form of written word since Paganism has none.
I feel it is very important for members of any Pagan tradition to look into Buddhism for inspiration and guidance along their path, whatever that may be.
Upon my own work with both Buddhism and Paganism I have found not only great similarities but an ease in the ability to blend the two rather seamlessly. For starters there is a great guide to how to live your life known as the Eight Fold Path to Happiness (EFPH). The EFPH gives you the eight Rights on how to live life. They are;
- Right Views: To keep ourselves free of prejudice and superstition, and to see the true nature of life.
- Right Thoughts: To turn our minds away from the violence and hatred in this world.
- Right Speech: To refrain from harmful talk and to use our words wisely.
- Right Conduct: To see that our deeds come from peace and goodwill. To grow every day in the Buddha’s teachings.
- Right Livelihood: To try to earn a living in such a way that we avoid evil karma.
- Right Energy: To use our energies to promote the overcoming ignorance and destructive desires.
- Right Mindfulness: To cherish a good mind, for all that we think and do have roots in the mind.
- Right Meditation: To study the Teachings of Buddha and to practice them to the best of our abilities.
(taken from this site )
These are a simplified version for youth however I prefer this version considering I am using them outside their standard context. I feel this is a much better way to look toward your life then Paganisms ‘Do what you want, but harm none’. This is just the beginning of the many ways that Buddhism can help support you in your Pagan studies