This is the 3rd of 4 articles on our precious human life.
In Breathing for Peace Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote:
Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
We could do something truly radical by using our life to…
Live life lightly, live it well
What does it mean to you to take, or seize, the essence of your human life?
View from Cheesman Park
Happiness from the inside out
Escape to reality
People often decide they’ll learn to meditate once they see the connection…
Learning to meditate in 2014
Deciding to learn meditation is a really great new year’s resolution. Anyone can learn, if they…
Thank you for being there
Happy Thanksgiving 2013!
I just finished an Annie Chun’s All Natural Asian Cuisine noodle bowl,…
Our experience of the world is only distorted and messed up because it is reflected in the messed up mirror of our minds. Our delusions see things that aren’t really there. You know the House of Mirrors at fairgrounds, where we are all bendy, then nine feet wide, then suddenly fourteen feet tall? We know not to get taken in because we know the nature of mirrors. But we get taken in by our delusions, even though it’s the same thing – they are reflecting something that is not there and then believing that it IS there.
We already have within us our own source of peace and happiness, as Buddhist master Geshe Kelsang says in Transform Your Life. It is our birthright, our Buddha nature, who we actually are. Sometimes we know this, when the dark clouds of discontent disperse and the sun naturally shines through. So if we have the constant potential for happiness, and we work very hard at it in various ways, why, we may well ask ourselves, is it so hard to stay happy 24/7?!
The answer is “delusions.” We hear this word all the time in Buddhism. I know I’ve mentioned delusions umpteen times on Kadampa Life, and we’ve looked a bit at some of the main ones (ignorance, anger, attachment, jealousy, self-cherishing). Since identifying and removing our delusions is, one could say, the bread and butter of a happy life, I’ve been meaning to write something about delusions in general for a while.
"That happiness is a state of mind, and therefore depends on what we are doing with our mind, is obvious when we stop to think of it, but often we are so busy chasing dreams (or trying to avoid nightmares) related to fame and fortune that we don’t stop to think of it. We get caught up in material markers, not spiritual ones, and our life is poorer and more anxious as a result.”
True or false?
In recent years our knowledge of modern technology has increased considerably, and as a result we have witnessed remarkable material progress, but there has not been a corresponding increase in human happiness. ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
New article out about this, and what they’re discussing this week at the U. N. Summit in New York, here: http://kadampalife.org/2012/04/03/the-secrets-of-national-happiness/
Unstoppable ~ 8 ways in which our thoughts are like a runaway train (and what to do about it!)