A manual to life in Buddha’s quotes
Buddha said that everyone can become a Buddha. Although facing the reality of today’s life it is almost impossible and highly unlikely to reach Buddha’s level of consciousness we should still try to improve the way we live.
One should consider that Buddhism was never a religion and Buddha was never positioned himself as a God. Buddhism is an insight of a man who was sitting under the tree for years observing what is going on inside and diving deep into the rabbit hole to understand the true nature of the human soul.
Then, sometimes after people started to think of Buddha as of God, build temples, and pray to him for wishes and other personal inquiries, as we see it now in South Korea for example.
Buddhism is not a religion, it is a philosophy.
Religions could be highly impractical, as a misinterpretation can happen which is evidenced by misfortunes like religious fanaticism and the consequences of it, whereas the whole purpose of philosophies is pure practice, real-life implementation, and making one’s life better, otherwise, what would we do with all this knowledge?
I recently wrote about the philosophy of Stoicism as a philosophy to live by, but in my own journey, I discovered the wisdom of ancient stoics after learning about Buddhism, which became a cornerstone of my personal philosophy. In fact, there are so many similarities between those two, and the most important one is that they are both highly practical. In these stressful days, Buddhism is a manual to life.
The four noble truths.
Buddha says, “The suffering is inevitable. There is a cause to it. There is an end to it. The end is in 8-fold path.”
What my inner Buddha is translating to modern language is, “Life is pain, it’s happening whether you want it or not, get over it, try to decrease it, here is what you should learn”
If there is an intention there will be an insight.
Sometimes you find yourself in situations when you don’t know the outcome and it feels like an invisible guillotine above your head levitates hungry for decapitation.
You should be able to resist the test by the pause during which nothing is happening.
We all have experience when we go through a hardship and we call it a “problem” and it feels like the world is breaking apart, but some time after everything falls into places and we understand why it happened to us. We call it “a lesson”.
Buddha says that if we have a strong intention, the situation will reveal the paths for an adequate solution. We need to learn how to be patient. Everything comes at the right moment.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Exercising is a good example since the change that we can do with it is very visual. Over the years of constant practice, we can see how our body undergoes transformation caused by our thoughts and the acts of will during workouts.
Here and now, same as anyone who decided to spill his thoughts on a paper I am a host for a little black hairy doubt-parasite constantly mumbling in the back of my head: “Stop writing. You are not a writer”. But a little Buddha inside me whispers: “Not yet”.
No one saves us. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
We should take responsibility for who we are and what we become. Even if an event that might be considered as a negative one pops up, there is always a room for questions: “Maybe it was me who attracted this situation to my life? Maybe the nature of this event is not external but internal?”
The habit of taking responsibility for any happening in your life may be a bit burdensome but the freedom that goes along with it is uplifting.
The root of suffering is attachment.
Our attachments to our self-imposed ideas of how the things should be, cause our resistance to the objective reality. The friction appearing in between is causing all the tears.
Buddha tells me: “Nothing belongs to you here and nothing will. Live on. Don’t overvalue shiny pretty things when you have short moments of grasping them and be grateful in the times when you let them go in the kaleidoscope of superseding illusions”.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
In most situations, negative emotions have their roots in memories of the past of worries about the future. The ability to make a positive change in your life lies between in the present. “Come back to Here and Now,” Buddha smiles.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
All our worries dwell in our heads hence only inside we will find the ways to solve our problems. “Take your time and find what is not working inside you and I recommend you to put it on the paper. That helps,” says inner Buddha.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
If you have a story to tell, tell it. Share your knowledge. What you learned the hard way, may protect someone from the same mistakes. Fight the darkness. Be a sun. Help this planet to wake up.
If you have a skill, teach it. Teaching someone is the noblest goal of learning. When we teach we take the realization of our own knowledge to its fullest. This world needs more teachers, more educators, and more leaders.
If you know how to make someone laugh, do it. I bet Buddha had a great sense of humor.
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
For those who don’t know how to love themselves, there is a way to learn it.
First, you earn your own respect, and you can only do it by overcoming challenges. When you start respecting yourself, you start liking yourself, and soon after you will find a love in your heart.
Proven in practice.
I will leave you with an interpretation of an ancient zen parable that I was once told and that taught me a lot.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
Once Buddha went through the village with his students. The villagers heard about Buddha, and they hated that he was spreading his teachings in their village where they had their own local religion.
They met Buddha and his students on the streets of the village and starting to vehemently yell and swear at them and malign Buddha. The students were mad, but Buddha remained silent and calm.
After some time villagers got exhausted and very surprised:
“ We yell at you! We swear at you! Why do you remain calm?!”
“I don’t accept what you brought with you so it stays with you and it is yours to have…
…and now my students will fuck you up.”
As I said, just an interpretation 🙂
Cherish your inner Buddha!