Black to Rainbow Dreads
*sudden realization that next year is like 3 weeks away*
Hey macklemore can we go thrift shopping
One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”
Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?”
The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”
The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger.
If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you.
Laugh! Especially at yourself. I think that’s important :)
I think everyone on some sort of level is a little bit Buddhist if they practice compassion and generosity. I don’t encourage people to become Buddhist. I encourage them to be better people. Buddhism is about bettering yourself for the benefit of others, so you may help them better themselves.
A lot of people come to Buddhism because it’s a “popular” religion, it’s hip, everyone’s doing it, or because they like getting the attention or reactions from people. Others come to it because of the “no god” concept of it, the belief in karma and the afterlife, or because of its mysticism and mystery. And then you have the people who come to Buddhism because they see what it can do for them, for their minds. They see the benefits it can lead to by living a life of meditation, compassion, and generosity.
So, if you’re fairly new to Buddhism (i.e. think it’s cool, but haven’t done any actual research), then you need to read and research. Knowledge is wisdom, and wisdom leads to Truth, and Truth is Nirvana. So do all you can do on reading. I’d suggest reading The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh. It’s one of my favorite books and probably the best book for an intro to all of Buddhist major teachings.
Meditate and contemplate on the Four Noble Truths, practice the Eightfold Path, and practice daily meditation. These are your first steps to a serious practice. And then after about a year of reading, research, and practice, you can officially “initiate” as a Buddhist at a Buddhist temple by taking Refuge and the Precept vows. Though you can also do this on your own if you don’t have a temple near you.
Traditionally, a Buddhist is one who lives by the Eightfold path (a moral life) and has vowed the five precepts, and practices meditation. But, it’s also a personal thing and different people will tell you different things, especially in different cultures and countries, but that’s usually how one is “officially” titled as a Buddhist.
Smile and be well!
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Feelings are something we create, so naturally it’s something we can destroy. Obviously, it’s easier said than done, but we can overcome these feelings through meditation and contemplation. What’s making you sad? Why are you in despair? You should keep asking yourself, “Why, why, why?” for every answer that comes up until you get to the core of it; the truth. Sometimes it’s the dumbest or most mundane things that causes us sadness. Maybe our friend never texted or called us back, this makes us feel lonely and sad. But why? Why do we feel we’re so important that a simple thing causes us to suffer? Ego. Our ego is big enough to fill a football field and so we let that much space of our egotistical selves control our feelings.
When you get to the core, to the truth, you’ll laugh, because you’ll see that there is really no reason to be sad at all. As Buddhist, we understand that everything is impermanent, nothing lasts forever, including our feelings, so why should we hold on and cling to them? It only causes to suffer and we become depressed and unhappy. Life is precious and joyful. With a clear and peaceful mind, we can be happy regardless of what our external circumstances may be. Practice daily meditation. You’ll see.
Smile and be well!
You slightly answered your own question :)
Reach. This verb is sometimes used a lot when reading Buddhist topics. To the ordinary person, a verb is an action word; walk, run, jump, etc. But in Buddhism, it’s not an “action” word. It’s not something you reach out for, look for, or is a destination. So. Happiness isn’t something you can reach. It’s not a destination on a map or a lost treasure.
To the modern world, happiness is getting the new iPhone, buying a new car or house, being asked out on a date, or finding that lost shoe. These are temporary happinesses, they’re impermanent. They’ll eventually break, get lost, and fade away, and then you’ll be sad. So then where’s the happiness?
Happiness, true happiness, is coming to the realization that everything is impermanent. Happiness is accepting things as they were, are, and will become. It’s about finding happiness and contentness in hard times. Why aren’t you happy? Because you don’t have all the pretty things rich people do? Do you not have a roof over your head, food to eat, a computer or cell phone, and Internet access? Do you not have family and friends that love you and care about you? What’s there not to be happy about?
Have you not seen the poor, starving, and dying children in Africa? What about those whose families and friends died during the recent Haiyan typhoon in the Philippines? Do you think they’re unhappy because their neighbors goat is fatter than theirs? Or their friends got an extra bucket of water? These are things we should be unhappy about. We should be grateful and happy with what we have and then try to help others find their happiness.
Happiness isn’t a destination. It isn’t about having a boyfriend or girlfriend, or not having a large circle of friends, or not enough money. Happiness is being okay with that! Meditation helps. But you have to be meditating on the right thing. Meditating on impermanence and compassion is going to help you find true happiness with all things and situations.
Smile and be well!
Tibetan Buddhism མི་རྟག་པ་ mi rtag pa
Sitting in the Freedom bar planning my next travel desitnation I was reminded how fragile life is, when they pull up a body from the lake…
The concept of impermanence (anitya) and emptiness (shunyata) determines the way the mind is understood within Buddhist philosophy. In Buddhist worldview, particularly in the Yogachara school of Buddhism, it is the mind that creates the world that it experiences, and views the world through dualistic filters. The mind, in its ignorance presupposes a world of duality and views the world through the mediation of conscious thought. It attaches itself to objects in this conditioned reality. Instead of completely realizing that everything is inconstant, in flux and passes away, the mind becomes tied to ideas and existence. It does not truly comprehend that nothing is permanent, and that everything is in the habit of arising conditionally from something else. All of these tendencies that the mind attaches itself to are empty of an inherent self-nature. These things merely arise itself in the mind, and within this realm, the mind imagines an existence that is in actually without a true and unchanging existence.