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3 Buddhist Teachings That Will Make Your Life A Happier One

3 Buddhist Teachings That Will Make Your Life A Happier One Buddhism has a lot to offer the world, and unlike many other religions, if you aren’t Buddhist, that’s okay with Buddhism. It’s not here to be dogmatic, but to help people grow and develop themselves. These are 3 Buddhist teachings that can make your life better. 1. ANNICA – IMPERMANENCE. We aren’t permanent. Nor is anything else in this world. Things change every day. Each day, our bodies are different, our environment is different – our whole universe is different! Celebrate the idea that our lives change every day. Accept this constantly moving existence. When you look at it through new eyes, it’s pretty exciting, isn’t it! Each new day brings new opportunities. 2. DUKKHA – LIFE IS SUFFERING. This one sounds kind of negative, doesn’t it? But it’s not just trying to tell you that life is tough and you need to buck up, but that attachment to people, things, and expectations is a cause of pain. Try not to buy into the …

What Buddha said?

The Buddha said, “There are twenty difficult things to attain in this world: 1. It is hard for the poor to practice charity. 2. It is hard for the strong and rich to observe the Way. 3. It is hard to disregard life and go to certain death. 4. It is only a favoured few that get acquainted with a Buddhist sutra. 5. It is hard to be born in the age of the Buddha. 6. It is hard to conquer the passions, to suppress selfish desires. 7. It is hard not to hanker after that which is agreeable. 8. It is hard not to get into a passion when slighted. 9. It is hard not to abuse one’s authority. 10. It is hard to be even-minded and simple hearted in all one’s dealings with others. 11. It is hard to be thorough in learning and exhaustive in investigation. 12. It is hard to subdue selfish pride. 13. It is hard not to feel contempt toward the unlearned. 14. It is hard to be one …

MIND

* When a man speaks or acts with good intention, then happiness follows him like his shadow that never leaves him. * All states have mind as their forerunner, mind is their chief, and they are mind-made. If one speaks or acts, with a defiled mind; then suffering follow one even as the wheel follows the hoof of the draught-ox. * He whose mind does not flutter by contact with worldly contingencies, sorrowless, stainless and secure-the is the High Blessing. * From moment to moment, a wise man removes his own impurities, as a smith removes the dross of silver. * Be on your guard against mental agitation, be controlled in thoughts, forsaking evil thoughts, follow right ways in thoughts. * You, the disciples of Gotama, must well awaken, by day and by night always contemplate the perfect sage – Buddha.

SORROW

* Only things with which a man identifies himself are able to disturb his mind – only that which concern “myself” can give me grief. * For him who has no dear (thing) there is no suffering. Those, I declare, are griefless, without passion (and) free from despair. * He who has a hundred dear (things), has a hundred sufferings; he who has ninety….. ten…..,five…..,two dear (things), has ninety…..,ten…..,five…..,two sufferings. * The would is in continuous flux and is impermanent. * Whatever is the nature of arising, all that is of the nature of cessation. * Birth, old age,disease and death, grief and despair, separation from friends, the company of disliked ones, nonfulfilment of desires – all these attributes of existence are suffering. * As with a staff the herdsman drives kine to pasture, even so do old age and death drive out the lives of beings. * Change, impermanence is characteristic of life. * Whatever is impermanent is “suffering”. * Even when one has pleasure, it cannot continue forever. * All conditioned things are …

GOODNESS

* Make haste in doing good, restrain your mind from evil. Who so ever is slow in doing good, his mind delights in evil. * As from heap of flowers many a gis made even so many good deeds should be done by one born a mortal. * Do not think lightly of good, saying: It will not come to me. Even as a water-pot is filled by the falling of drops, so the wise man, gathering it drop by drop, fills himself with good. * Be tolerant among the intolerant, gentle among the violent, and free from greed among the greedy. * Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purity one’s mind, this is the teaching of the Buddhas.

SERVICE

* Let him be cordial in his ways and refined in conduct; thereby full of joy he will make an end of ill. * Love is born out of ties in the previous lives and sympathy in ones present life just as lotus is born out of water and mire. * He who wishes his own happiness by causing pain to others is not released from hatred, being himself entangled in the tangles of hatred. * Look at every one equally, irrespective of rich or poor, noble or of low caste. * The attendant should make the patient happy and hopeful. * Those who adhere to the principles of the Dhamma, have right attitudes, and true to their words and discharge their duties with responsibility are loved by people. * Husbands should treat their wives who rely on them in the following five ways: one by honoring them; two by not slighting them; three by being faithful to them; four by giving them household authority; and five by giving them garments and adornments. * Wives …

BONDS

* To be attached to one thing (to a certain view) and to look down upon other thing (views) as inferior — this the wise man call a fetter. * Bonds do not exists for whose to whom nought is dear or not dear. * There is no fire like lust, no grip like hate, there is no net like delusion, no river like craving. * One should give up anger; One should abandon pride; One should overcome all fetters. I’ll never befall him who clings not to mind and body and is passionless. * That which is made of iron, wood, or hemp is not a strong bong, say the wise, (but) that longing for jewels, ornaments, children, and wives is far greater an attachment. * All desires have in them little pleasant taste but rather much potential suffering. * Folk en wrapt in craving are terrified like a captive hare; held fast by fetters and bonds, for long they come to sorrow again and again. * For the person who is perturbed by …