This is not an attempt to make Buddhists. But there are a lot of useful core principles to found in early Buddhist teachings that can add value to any tradition that you may choose to follow.
How to use these teachings
Review of the breath in Buddhist practice
The Three Refuges
Three characteristics of existence
BE YOUR OWN TEACHER
“You are your own teacher. Looking for teachers can’t solve your own doubts.Investigate yourself to find the truth – inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important.”
Three basic paths
Silence in practice
“When silence reaches an ultimate point,
the light penetrates everywhere”.
Master Hsuan Hua
Introduction to the four foundations of unifying presence
“Free of distraction, free of clinging, free of meditation.
Beyond intellect: Remain in the state beyond intellect.
Great Perfection. Selfless, unborn, free of extremes, inexpressible.”
Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
Introduction to the 4 noble truths
These four noble truths are actually formulated on an ancient Vedic medical model of diagnosis that predates Buddhism.
The basic model is one of bringing awareness to the presence of the disease, diagnosing the cause of the disease, getting to a cure of the disease and the course of treatment that led to the cure.
The Buddha then structured this teaching around this well-known model to help address the disease of the mind he wanted to help us cure.
“You can’t believe what you can’t see
But you can come to see what you believe”.