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Hope. . .

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Hope. . .

There is no means other than hope by which to open our lives and our inner state of being. Hope is the most “open” state of mind. Within hope are infinite lessons, clusters of wisdom spill forth from this unbarred treasure house of life within us all. It is hope, that knows no colors, no bounds and is shared by all from high to low. Within hope is our humanity. Peace and Love, Jim The Daily Buddha – Support The Server The Daily Buddha  – Web The Daily Buddha – YouTube The Daily Buddha – Facebook The Daily...

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Cheerfully. . .

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Cheerfully. . .

Emerson wrote: “And so of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains.” It has been said that Cheerfulness is a frivolous behavior, but I challenge that cheerfulness is not the same as frivolousness. Cheerfulness is born of a determined spirit. Frivolousness is more akin to avoidance or escape. Emerson also said: “power dwells with cheerfulness and hope puts us in a working mood.” I think with a little examination we too may conclude that without cheerfulness there is no strength....

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Sights Set. . .

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Sights Set. . .

Let us all set our sights on leading great lives dedicated always to truth and move toward that goal in good health, brimming with hope. Let us live our lives boldly, without regret, advancing with patience, enthusiasm and a genuine spirit of friendship and camaraderie. Peace and Love, Jim The Daily Buddha – Support The Server The Daily Buddha  – Web The Daily Buddha – YouTube The Daily Buddha – Facebook The Daily Buddha – Store Share this:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens...

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Buddhahood. . .

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Buddhahood. . .

While controlling our mind is at once both extremely subtle and solemnly profound, we should also strive to elevate our mind with freshness and vigor through new things, thoughts and assimilations. When we do so, both our life and our surroundings will open wide before us and every action we take will become a source of benefit. Understanding the subtle workings of one’s mind is the key to life and living within its framework. I personally believe this was the primary point of the teachings of Buddha and the concept Buddhahood in this...

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The Purpose Of Struggle. . .

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The Purpose Of Struggle. . .

Why must we struggle in this life? Why no matter what my beliefs or my practice must i still have difficulty? For wisdom does not come without work and ease in life always requires effort. This is a manifestation of the Buddha’s teachings – we are given both joy and struggle so that we can deepen our education, become stronger people, live more profound lives and secure deeper, more lasting meaning and purpose. If we received everything we desired immediately, we’d become lazy and degenerate (look at some of the most...

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Summer. . .

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Summer. . .

There may be times when life seems gloomy and dull. When we feel stuck in some situation or other, when we are negative toward everything, when we feel lost and bewildered, not sure which way to turn–at such times we must transform our passive mind-set and determine, “I will proceed along this path,” “I will pursue my mission today.” When we do so a genuine summer arrives in our hearts, and life starts to blossom. Peace and Love, Jim The Daily Buddha – Support The Server The Daily Buddha  – Web The...

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Shape Of The Day. . .

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Shape Of The Day. . .

The start of each day should be a ritual for the body, mind and spirit. We should give ourselves the gift of a wake up routine. Nothing fancy are elaborate, just a simple practice. Why?  Without a simple routine its quite easy for the rhythm of our lives to be thrown off kilter, just as a machine that isn’t oiled will rust. View the first few minutes out of bed like starting an automobile’s engine every day and driving in the direction of happiness and truth. Keep it simple – my own routine is to touch my feet to the floor...

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Timeless Minds II. . .

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Timeless Minds II. . .

Where is happiness to be found? The famous Roman philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-80) said, “A man’s true delight is to do the things he was made for.” Human happiness, he maintained, lies in doing those things only humans can: seeking the truth and acting to help those who are suffering. Goethe, too, asserted that those who work cheerfully and take joy in the fruits of their labor are truly happy. These are the words of great thinkers, and as you can see they are in complete accord with the teachings of Buddhism....

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Timeless Minds. . .

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Timeless Minds. . .

The great French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) wrote in his work Emile: “There is no happiness without courage nor virtue without struggle.” Without courage there is no happiness and it is impossible to create a life of value. Throughout time great minds have always arrived at and embraced the unchanging rule of human existence. Peace and Love, Jim The Daily Buddha – Support The Server The Daily Buddha  – Web The Daily Buddha – YouTube The Daily Buddha – Facebook The Daily Buddha – Store...

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Connected. . .

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Connected. . .

We’re intrinsically interconnected in the most intimate way (so we don’t have to feel lonely) Many of us feel loneliness, but we don’t all feel it the same way. Maybe a good friend or family member passed away, maybe we’re rather secluded and without any friends/much family, or maybe we just don’t feel like we have anyone around us that we can relate with. Whatever it is, Buddhist wisdom on our interconnected nature can teach us that we can feel connected to the world around us whether we’re around other...

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