What is Buddhism Anyway? and Ajahn Sumeho

The Buddha taught the four Noble Truths, We can escape suffering in this lifetime.
It is not in building huge Buddha images, or wealthy monks or huge buildings, as those are things contrary to Buddhism.
Department stores for the Sangha, where they can shop until they drop and here’s hoping they do.
What bothers me most about what is called Thai Buddhism the way it exploits the poor and the not well educated. In Thailand it seems people are encouraged to work for the common good. But what is the common good? A government caught up in corruption, deciept and lies?
The Buddha did not teach to believe, but to experience.

To look at things and examine them. Reading daily about the state of the Sanga is not new. In the 1930 Buddhadasa Bhikkhu comment on the sad state of affairs as have many since.
But in Thailand people are taught not to make waves, not to say things that are not positive, Thus allowing the Government to include those in robes steal and mislead the people
When monks make up stories and falsify Buddhism itself people follow like sheep and contrary to what the Buddha taught wallow in the delusion that is sold by greedy men in robes.
Sure there are syill places in Thailand and more so the rest of the world where Buddhism exists and Dhamma is taught. But nevermind here is what the Buddha taught and for us to examine.

What is the Noble Truth of Suffering? Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, dissociation from the loved is suffering, not to get what one wants is suffering: in short the five categories affected by clinging are suffering.
What is the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering?
It is craving which renews being and is accompanied by relish and lust, relishing this and that: in other words, craving for sensual desires, craving for being, craving for non-being. But whereon does this craving arise and flourish? Wherever there is what seems lovable and gratifying, thereon it arises and flourishes.
What is the Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering? It is the remainderless fading and cessation of that same craving; the rejecting, relinquishing, leaving and renouncing of it. But whereon is this craving abandoned and made to cease? Wherever there is what seems lovable and gratifying, thereon it is abandoned and made to cease.
What is the Noble Truth of the Way Leading to the Cessation of Suffering? It is the Noble Eightfold Path, that is to say: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.

The three poisons; greed,burning desire, unquenchable thirst, craving, and lust. hatred; anger, hostility, dislike, aversion, or ill-will. Delusion;wrong understanding or wrong views of reality.
anicca. Everything is limited to a certain duration and, consequently, liable to disappear.
anatta. Everything is deprived of a self. There is no self-inherent entity, nothing that can be controlled.
dukkha. Everything is unsatisfactory. There is nothing that can be relied upon, there is nothing that can bring true happiness.

and here is part 1 of Ajahn Sumedho talking clearly an simply about  Dhamma – the way it is

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