Conclusion (part 1)

We have come to understand that conflict has its cause in ‘distinction’. ‘Distinctions’ are a necessary function of the mind to have the perception of being ‘something’. The NDB practitioner aims to see distinctions for what they truly are and understands that all is ultimately one (i.e. without distinction) as highlighted by the concept of ‘dependant origination’. The practitioner furthermore understands that life as it presents itself as a function of distinctions is eternal and dynamic, and is to be enjoyed. Thus, life’s ultimate purpose is finding happiness through maintaining a high life state through practice no matter what the circumstances. Conflict in its highest state of mind is therefore seen merely as a motivator for eternal growth and cause for change and expansion, conflict in the lowest state of mind is seen as hellish function

Buddhism specifies an unenlightened person’s mind as driven by ignorance and therefore their mind is likely to create undesired consequences. Furthermore, an unenlightened person cannot ‘see’ that all effects, desired or undesired are thus ultimately self-created and can be changed as soon as the mind changes. Unenlightened persons are also unaware of their eternal existence and therefore may lack the motivation and understanding that allows for an ‘escape’ from ones action. The enlightened person (Buddha) knows the only way to change the undesired consequences of a past action (karma) into desired consequences is through changing the current action with the power of wisdom derived from Buddhist practice.  Thus, NDB holds the view that through practicing enlightenment (chanting), besides ensuring good mental health, it will also be an effective determinant for good physical health as it offers practitioners the necessary psychological coping mechanisms needed to face the daily challenges of this life and beyond.

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