Buddhism is a voyage of discovery. The Dhamma is the great ship onto which we climb to set sail for Nibbana.
Nibbana in the Buddha’s words:
“There is, monks, that base where there is no earth, no water, no fire, no air; no base consisting of the infinity of space, no base consisting of the infinity of consciousness, no base consisting of nothingness, no base consisting of neither-perception-nor-non-perception; neither this world nor another world nor both; neither sun nor moon. Here, bhikkhus, I say there is no coming, no going, no staying, no deceasing, no uprising. Not fixed, not movable, it has no support. Just this is the end of suffering.” (Ud. 8.1: Nibbana Sutta)
Being a voyage of discovery Buddhism is not a belief system. It is about realising the true nature of things in the depths of one’s being.
As with any voyage into the unknown there will be difficulties ahead. The winds of desire and the waves of emotion will challenge you. But remember: ‘a smooth sea never made a good sailor’.
Just as a great ship will not sail far if it has holes in it, so this practice will not bear fruit if the moral precepts are not observed.