The Buddha presented a radical
challenge to the way we see the world, both the world that was seen two
millennia ago and the world that is seen today. What he taught is not different,
it is not an alternative, it is the opposite. That the path that we think will
lead us to happiness leads instead to sorrow. That what we believe is true is
instead false. That what we imagine to be real is unreal. A certain value lies
in remembering that challenge from time to time.