I think it is Einstein who is credited with the statement "if you can't explain it clearly to others, you probably don't understand it very well yourself". Einstein or maybe Bart Simpson, it doesn't matter who said it, it is true!
Take Buddhism for instance: Thousands of books have been written. It is interesting that the majority of professed "Buddhists" don't know much about Buddhism or the dharma. They profess to be Buddhists because their parents were Buddhists.
Basically, The man who became known as the Buddha was a man just like every other man. He questioned his existence and why we all suffer. He found the answer and tried to explain it to others for the remainder of his life. Buddhism is more about psychology than it is religion.
Life is about pain and suffering.
We suffer because we crave what the Universe can't provide us. Permanence. Every thing changes.
It is possible to live a contented life.
Train yourself to not crave what you can't have. Their are 8 suggested ways to go about doing this. This is also referred to as the "middle way"
Right understanding means forsaking all the nonsense taught as "wisdom" in this world and embracing the simple truth.
Right thought means earnestly desiring to eliminate suffering and defilements in your own life.
Right speech. Don't lie. Don't gossip. Don't slander or insult. Avoid vulgarity.
right conduct means avoiding being a bully, treat women with respect, having honor and living with a degree of dignity.
right means of making a living means earning your way without taking advantage of anyone or anything.
right mental attitude means not dwelling on perversity, not being angry or judgmental all the time.
right mindfulness means being aware of one's surroundings and situation. Living in the reality of the here and now and not dwelling on past mistakes or future anxieties.
right concentration means meditating and quieting the mind. Dwelling on what is important and setting aside petty nonsense.
There! That essentially is all there is to it! ha ha ha ha ha
I expect you all to attain enlightenment by Monday! ha ha ah ha