From Practical Buddhism to Truth-Level Buddhism

By Rev. Marvin Harada

In my mind, there are two levels of Buddhism. The first level is “practical Buddhism.” We all begin with this first level. In this first level, we ask questions like, “What can Buddhism do for me in my life? Will it make me happier? Will it make me more serene? Will it make me a better person?” We might even ask very practical questions like, “Will it lower my blood pressure? Will it ease my stress and anxiety? Will it help me to be more successful in my work?”