I am only now starting my formal spiritual quest, and just finished your book, Buddha – very enjoyable. However, I am troubled in perusing your site that so much seems geared toward fulfilling western drives for material “success,” and that it seems geared toward realizing the “self,” while my rudimentary understanding of Buddha’s teachings seem clear that self is an illusion and an impediment to enlightenment. Please help me understand?
I am looking to eastern philosophies to help chart a path for unified humanity beyond the contemporary focus on individual achievement, material acquisition and individual “salvation” for the individual “soul,” none of which I believe exist. Am I traveling the wrong path?