How is Buddhism applicable in everyday life?
First, Buddhism is not something you learn or believe, it is something you do. In theological terms, it is all about orthopraxis (doing) not orthodoxy (believing).
Following any form of Buddhism therefore means engaging yourself in practices that help you get beyond desire. This is because, according to Buddha, all the miseries in the world are caused by desire. We want and want and grasp and are not satisfied, so we grasp for more and more, and in the process make ourselves and the world...
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Nichiren said: “human beings never fail to prosper when they make correct causes”.
--- Buddhism is about optimizing life.
---Buddhism teaches the principle of Interconnectedness. Interconnectedness means that one’s life is inseparable from the surrounding or from others. If you look at your life, you find many individuals sharing relationships with you, from family to society, work …etc. Any relationship is between 2 sides: you & others. Your attitude decides on the quality of relationship and its value.
There is no central authority, and different sects have wildly varying interpretations of optimal.
Some think you become a bhikku, or bhikkuni in order to achieve the opening.
Others ask a mythical Buddha in the Western Regions to take them into his realm after death.
Some chant negations of identity, or withdraw to hermitage.
Emotional styles vary, and peole do what suits them, independent of what is true in life.