The Role of Wealth in Buddhism

Although Buddhism has been characterized as an ascetic religion, asceticism was in fact experimented with and rejected by the Buddha before he attained enlightenment. As far as Buddhism is concerned, the meaning of the word ‘asceticism’ is ambiguous and should not be used without qualification.

The term ‘poverty’ is also misleading. The familiar Buddhist concepts are rather contentment (santutthi) or limited desires (appicchata). Poverty (dadiddiya) is in no place praised or encouraged in Buddhism. As the Buddha said, “For householders in this world, poverty is suffering” [A.III.350]; “Woeful in the world is poverty and debt.”
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Stories from Buddhism: Compassion

On a very chilly winter day, a destitute man came to see a monk at a temple. He was shivering because of hunger and cold.

The man said to the monk, “You can tell that I feel hungry and cold. My whole family is sick and in deadly danger. If you have anything to help us maintain our lives even for only one day, please help us with your compassion and mercy.”

The monk felt compassionate for him, but he couldn’t find anything to give to the man. When he looked up, he saw the Buddha statue in the temple that he worshiped. He removed the gold ring on the back of the Buddha statue and gave it to the man, saying, “Take it and exchange it for some money.” Continue reading “Stories from Buddhism: Compassion”

Eight lessons of the Buddha for a happy and harmonious life

1. Start small – this is normal. A jug fills slowly, drop by drop. Each artist was once an amateur. We all start out small, do not neglect small. If you are consistent and patient, you will succeed! No one can succeed in just one night: Success comes to those who are willing to start small and work hard until you fill the jug.

2. Thoughts are material. Our consciousness – that is all. You become what you think. If a man speaks or acts with evil thoughts, he pursues the pain. If a man speaks or acts with pure intentions, followed by happiness, which, like a shadow, will never leave. In order to live properly, you need to fill in the brain  right thoughts. Right thinking will give everything you want, wrong thinking – an evil which in the end will destroy you. All the offenses arise from the mind. If the mind is changed, there would remain misdemeanors?
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PATIENCE

What is true patience and how can we develop it? Patience is imperturbability in the face of harm and hardship. Responding to these difficulties with anger is extremely destructive because it creates unpleasant consequences and destroys positive energy. There is no austere practice to equal the practice of patience, which calms the turbulence of the disturbing emotions. It is cultivated in meditation and implemented in everyday life. There are three main kinds of patience: the patience of taking no account of those who inflict harm, the patience of willingly accepting adversity and the patience of gaining certainty with regard to the teachings. Their opposites are animosity, discouragement and reluctance to engage with the teachings.

Buddhist recipe of Happiness

Buddhists usually are the most happiest. At least they are supposed to be. Buddhism in every aspect of its teachings explains how a person can make himself happy realizing the noble truth of life. The realities we face as humans.

The recipe for happiness is fairly easy, and one that even those who are not good in the kitchen can put together and still achieves some great results. Simply begin with one large scoop of love for yourself, add in a good measure of acceptance and goodwill, then sprinkle generously with equanimity. Combine all the ingredients and place in your heart until all the ingredients have been completely absorbed, then allow to permanently rest in each breath. Continue reading “Buddhist recipe of Happiness”

7 BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES…

1) stay away from anger…It hurts…Only You!

2) If you are right then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get angry.

3) Patience with family is love, Patience with others is respect. Patience with self is confidence

4) Never think hard about the PAST, It brings tears…
Don’t think more about the FUTURE, It brings fears…
Live this moment with a smile, It brings cheers

5) Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, Every problem comes to make us or break us, The choice is ours whether we become victims or victorious

6) Beautiful things are not always good but good things are always beautiful

7) Happiness keeps you sweet so try n be as happy from within as possible

The Buddhist Way of Life – common man

The Buddha considered economic welfare as a requisite for human happiness, but moral and spiritual development for a happy, peaceful and contented life.

A man named Dighajanu once visited the Buddha and said, ‘Venerable Sir, we are ordinary laymen, leading a family life with wife and children. Would the Blessed One teach us some doctrines which will be conducive to our happiness in this world and hereafter? Continue reading “The Buddhist Way of Life – common man”

Atheism – my understanding

Theists continue to tell me that my life is void and meaningless without God. They do not (yet) understand how liberating it is to cast off the false and harmful superstitions which bind so many. They cannot see the much-larger picture through my eyes, nor appreciate the sense of awe and wonder that comes with each viewing.

It’s not about comfort. It’s not about what is easy or socially acceptable. It’s not about placating others to keep the peace. It’s not about tradition, culture, family or fear.

It’s about living real life in the real world, understanding and accepting the responsibility we all have to govern our own lives and working to better this world for all.

I see no evidence, anywhere, for any gods, and this does not make me sad or cause me dismay. It liberates me. It unshackles my mind, my heart, my hands. It allows me to approach each day with a curious mind, a full heart, and a tremendous sense that I must maximize each moment of my short tenure here.

I am moral. I am good. I am part of an evolutionary story that spans billions of years. I am a rationalist. Humanist. Atheist.

And I am free. 

Be encouraged, my friends. Life…is good.

Death – the ultimate truth..

L.Buddha :  Dear monks ..! Have u seen that people collect and carry, woods and leaves of this temple garden..?

Monks : Yes L.Buddha..

L.Buddha : So when u see it, do u think that they carry yourselves and going to burn and eat..?

Monks : No L.Buddha we don’t think like that..

L.Buddha : Why is that..?

Monks : Those things are not belong to us, that’s why…

L.Buddha: So as dear monks..This body your having can be taken away by death any given time, do you understand that..?

Monks : Yes L.Buddha, we will not be able to stopping death taking this body away..

L.Buddha: So it is correct to think this body is yours..?

Monks : No L.Buddha, that is incorrect..

L.Buddha: Dear monks…Always be mindful of the reality, that will be beneficial to all of us….

Buddhism – Seeds of Social Transformation

The application of the Buddha’s teachings in the social realm is spawning a social revolution among the Dalit communities of India. Buddhism represents not only an alternative to oppressive caste hierarchy, but is also providing practical ways to inner change so that they become empowered socially as well as spiritually. Continue reading “Buddhism – Seeds of Social Transformation”