This week I would like to revisit the basics of Buddhism. It is often said that we forget what we learn in order to make room for new knowledge. Now whether this is true or not is debatable but lets face it – we are human and we can and do forget. so lets begin with the many forms of Buddhism.
The Buddha taught that to realize enlightenment, a person must develop two qualities: wisdom and compassion. So if a fulfilling life is what you are after, or if you want to add some unexpected joy to your life, work in service of others. I am not referring to jobs or bosses in the traditional sense though these too can been seen as service to others. It’s truly a delicate exchange.
Learning is a journey that includes everything we have learned in and out of classrooms, that is, how we engage with our world often shapes what we know and experience. The most important thing in learning is understanding and application – to walk through the full cycle of learning is to try out different routes and options and learn from them. Giving yourself those opportunities for learning results in building a mindset of possibility.
Here’s one thing we can all agree on: 2020 has taken its toll on everyone. We are collectively going through a pandemic, recession, job losses and stay-at-home orders. That is not to mention political strife, inequality and the loss of many of our favorite stores and neighborhood restaurants. The turn of a new year provides us the opportunity to start the transition to better days. As I have spoken of on countless times, sometimes we have to go through the darkest times in order to be prepared for changes to move forward.
Growing mentally and growing physically are two completely different things. Growing mentally refers to a person’s psychological growth—the way we think and deal with different situations, and by what methods we develop and disseminate information. Growing up physically refers to a person’s physical growth – like increased height, strength, and health. It can also refer to the development of your brain. The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
Once people consider and adopt a religion (anything can be a religion by the way), they should practice it sincerely. Some people claim to have faith in their religion but act counter to its ethical and moral teachings. There is little point in such people describing themselves as religious.Today the world faces a crisis related to lack of respect for spiritual principles and ethical values. Such virtues cannot be forced on society by legislation or by science, nor can fear inspire ethical conduct. Rather, people must have conviction in the worth of ethical principles so that they want to live ethically.