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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MAKING ROOM TO DEVELOP

When clouds cover the sky, we cannot see the pure nature of space. Likewise, when conceptual thoughts occupy the mind, we cannot see the pure nature of the mind. To see whether this is true, we can meditate so that the mind becomes relaxed and peaceful, and then there is room to develop compassion, love, and bodhicitta. But when our mind is occupied by conceptual thoughts and negative thoughts, there is no space to develop good qualities. Our mind becomes full of suffering and we cannot disentangle ourselves from confusion.

When our mind emphasizes positive, calming, and relaxing thoughts, it leaves no space for negative thoughts to arise. Then we can maintain a peaceful, harmonious mind regardless of external conditions. This becomes a matter of how much we habituate ourselves to the Dharma teachings.

Four right efforts

1.One should put forth some effort to prevent evil, and prevent unwholesome states of mind from arising.

2.One should put forth some effort to get rid of evil and unwholesome states of mind that are there (have arisen).

3.Put forth much effort to arouse good, and also wholesome states of mind.

4.Also put forth some effort to develop and bring to perfection the good and wholesome states of mind
already there (already arisen).

~ The Buddha

Happy Living

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“Happy”, everyone wants to be. Whatever you are doing, whatever you are chasing for, whether you are doing something noble or something siner but your ultimate goal is to be happy. Happiness has different meaning for everyone, for me it might be being with my family, for you it might reaching top of your organization and for someone else it might be being rich. These are our desires in life and yet to be fulfiled.

Unsatisfied Desire

These desires are called our unsatisfied desire and our whole life we keep striving to fulfil those desires only. If you were  poor in your childhood then your unsatisfied desire might be becoming rich. Now if I give you “love” then it won’t make you happy because only money can make you happy or someone’s childhood might be without parents then if I give him more and more money then money won’t make him happy because his desire is to be feeling loved. Continue reading “Happy Living”

Detachment – Way to Enlightment

It has been said that the highest wisdom lies in detachment, or, in the words of Chung-Tzu, ‘The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but does not keep.’ Detachment means to have neither regrets for the past nor fears for the future; to let life take its course without attempting to interfere with its movement and change, neither trying to prolong the stay of something pleasant nor to hasten the departure of things unpleasant. To do this is to move in time with life, to be in perfect accord with its changing music, and this is called Enlightenment. Continue reading “Detachment – Way to Enlightment”

Truth – NON-DUALITY in Life

Truth occupies a very important position in the Buddha’s teaching. The Four Noble Truths are the hub of the wheel of the Dhamma. Truth (//sacca//) is one of the ten perfections to be cultivated in order to purify oneself.

Truth can have different aspects. If we want to find an end to suffering, we have to find truth at its deepest level. The moral precepts which include “not lying” are a basic training without which one can’t lead a spiritual life.
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Dukkha – sorrow – Outcome of one’s mind

TO CONTROL ONE’S MIND

Our old friend, //dukkha//, arises in the mind as dissatisfaction caused by all sorts of triggers. It can be triggered by bodily discomfort, but more often it is caused by the mind’s own aberrations and convolutions. The mind creates //dukkha//, and that’s why we must really watch and guard our minds.

Our own mind can make us happy, our own mind can make us unhappy. There is no person or thing in the whole world that will do this for us. All happenings act as triggers for us, which constantly catch us unawares. Therefore we need to develop strong awareness of our own mind-moments. Continue reading “Dukkha – sorrow – Outcome of one’s mind”

40 Ways to Live Life Without Regrets

We all have something stored in our memory banks of the past that we wish we could have done differently, or something we wish we didn’t do.

As we get older we learn and grow. But that doesn’t mean we have to regret what we did before we learned how to do things differently. If we didn’t go through those experiences we might not have grown into the strong and knowledgeable people we are today. Continue reading “40 Ways to Live Life Without Regrets”

Life Lessons from Buddha – Part II

“Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.”

If you can free your mind and become awakened then you will understand the true meaning of life. By doing this you free yourself from the pain and fear of death.

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

We need to live in the now. By allowing ourselves to focus on something that isn’t the present we create anxieties and stress in our lives. Leaning to live in the moment is one of the greatest feats for anyone who seeks to develop and clear their mind. Continue reading “Life Lessons from Buddha – Part II”

Inner Thoughts and Outward Results

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that neverleaves him.”

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