All of Buddhism is expressed in the Four Truths. It reads as some esoteric goop, so let me break it down:
1. Shit happens
2. If you obsess on the shit you will run up your blood pressure, screw up your metabolism, negatively affect your mental health, make yourself more prone to illness and keep yourself in a miserable mental state.
3. Acknowledge that you have no control over some things, and that your obsession with that shit is negatively affecting your life and those around you.
4. Turn off the fucking news and the Face Book and stay away from negative people. Take your partner to bed for sex, drink some wine, smoke a joint, take a walk, put a lawn chair in you yard and listen to the birds, watch a movie, read a book…
That is basically it: that is Buddhism. All the bells and whistles and robes were added by fundamentalist priest desiring adoration and a following.
Meditation can help, but it is not an answer – it simply helps you to better focus your mind and be able to put the shit behind you while you live in the moment.
That’s it. That is Buddhism plain and simple.
I recommend Buddhism Palin and Simple, by Steve Hagen – on Amazon or where ever you get your books.