Life is wonderful.
Buddhism celebrates this wonder. Buddhism also explores and extends this wonder.
From the very first words on this web site eight years ago, "Buddhism is beautiful. To some, Buddhism is a deeply spiritual and endless journey, to others a profound religion, and to others a science of the mind. Buddhism is all these things and much more...The ultimate purpose of all of our lives is to help others. Through our compassion we increase happiness and reduce suffering so that all of us will realize our invevitable destiny, enlightenment, as soon as possible...May love and compassion prevail."
Strip away the controversy and politics, wonder and beauty can also be found in NKT.
While we can pursue life's wonders on our own (certainly there are innumerable books, on-line resources, teachers and communities), NKT offers an accessible community. Like with exercise, there are extra benefits to savor when exploring with a community.
Simply avoid the controversy and politics, and the notion that NKT is the ultimate. Complete authenticity is not mandatory for a benefit.
Buddha's teachings can help us.
To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.
Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
Look within, thou art the Buddha.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
You only lose what you cling to.
Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
There isn’t enough darkness in all the world to snuff out the light of one little candle.
One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
If you are facing in the right direction, all you need to do is keep on walking.
Above all, help others have a wonderful life.