The Daily Buddha Articles
Effort. . .
There once was a king who decided to do a little experiment. He had a giant boulder put right in the middle of the street.
Forward. . .
A wise man once faced a group of people who were complaining about the same issues over and over again.
Ropes. . .
When walking through an elephant camp, a man noticed that the elephants were only secured with a small rope that was tied around one ankle. He wondered why the elephants didn’t break free from the rope, as the elephants were certainly strong enough to do so.
Rocks, Pebbles, Sand. . .
A philosophy professor once stood up before his class with a large empty mayonnaise jar. He filled the jar to the top with large rocks and asked his students if the jar was full.
Closer Than You Think. . .
During the gold rush, a man who had been mining in Colorado for several months tossed in the towel and quit his pursuit, as he hadn’t struck gold yet and the work was becoming tiresome.
Small Things. . .
Look, life’s not always pretty. And we tend to overemphasize the bad times. When we experience a setback or negativity, we blow it up in our minds. “This is the worst thing ever.” Think about it. Is it really? Or is there a way you can improve your life situation? Because that’s how I like to look at it.
Three Thoughts. . .
How does one live well? It’s a question that our fellow human beings have been pondering for centuries. Out of that simple question, many philosophies and religions have been born. But no philosophy does a better job of explaining the ideas for living well in a practical way than Stoicism. The Emperor-Philosopher Marcus Aurelius, once the most powerful man on earth, was also a practitioner of Stoicism.
Knowing Nothing. . .
Socrates, considered as one of the founders of Western philosophy, was once named the wisest man on earth by the Oracle of Delphi. When Socrates heard that the oracle had made such a comment, he believed that the statement was wrong.Socrates said: “I know one thing: that I know nothing.”
Work and Pride. . .
Somewhere in the storage world or interpretations someone decided that “pride” was a bad thing. The Buddha however did not teach that. He in fact taught that if one works hard towards a task or goal they should indeed be happy and proud of their efforts regardless of the outcomes. The key here is that we must “work” for those things that make us proud or happy.