Tag Archives: Buddhism

How much is life worth?

Tenzin Gyatso gives a characteristic hands-rai...

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, said:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Live each day to its fullest and never be a slave to money or anything else that sacrifices friendships, health, love and life’s simple pleasures. These are the very things you will remember the most at the end of your life – NOT how much money you have or how popular you are. Live and love for today and in the moment!

Your life’s work

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

~ Buddha

Buddha Daibutsu, Kamakura, Japan. This statue,...

Buddha Statue

Everything you experience in your life becomes your world. The people you meet, the choices you make influence your life forever. Whether you realize it or not, what you discover in your journey on earth becomes that which you spend your life trying to succeed in, survive at, and even sanctify. If you want to get the most out of your life, then put all your effort into it including your mind, heart and physical actions. If you want to be truly successful at your life’s work, then try to become a person of spiritual value more than someone who is known for their material success. You’ll be remembered by more people and for a longer period of time, which in the end makes our life’s work worthy and wholesome.

Wisdom is greater than intelligence

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: first by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter.”

~ Confucius

Wisdom comes alone through suffering.

~ Aeschylus 525-456 BC

Without a doubt, being smart and intelligent is important in life to maneuver your way out of danger and into comfort. But what’s more important than being smart and intelligent is knowing how and when to use them. Wisdom does this. Wisdom shows you how to use your knowledge and intelligence effectively and efficiently to acquire more of what you’re in need of. Accumulate more wisdom and you’ll gain more of what’s needed in life to succeed. Just remember that it is difficult to obtain wisdom – it requires much pain and solitude. Once you have acquired enough wisdom in your life, you will be able to bear most anything that you’re faced with.

Matters of the mind

“Nothing lasts forever — not even your troubles.”

~ Arnold Glasgow

“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

~ Albert Einstein

If you really focus on something, such a problem or worry in your life, eventually it will go away if you think about something positive long enough. Doing this every time you are faced with a difficulty will overcome any temporary dilemma. The mind is perhaps the most important part of our biology since it controls our actions based on our thoughts. It can make us happy even in the midst of sadness or it can bring us to tears even when we are completely content. If you really want to get the most out of your mind, then align it with your soul and see how much more powerful you can be in any situation you encounter in life. This is called Enlightement and you can find how to achieve it from books or on the Web.

What’s growing in your garden?

“As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves, we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Becoming a good “farmer” in life is important for your well-being. You need to know which seeds to plant and how to care for them after they have grown if you want a satisfying life. If you plant seeds of love, you will bear fruits of friendship. From these friendships, you can nourish your own garden and while helping others who need nourishment. So, start planting many seeds today!