10 Lessons From Buddha

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september 16, 2008 door Tim

“A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.”

Our actions are not always in alignment with our thoughts and inner process. Sometimes we judge a person based on their behaviour in one event and fail to consider the whole individual.

“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”

It is common to take into account just one-side of an experience and to stop looking for a richer understanding of our life and the world around us. It is also not difficult to become lost in the magnitude of negative things occurring in our world, but it is important to find our own light and to give ourselves to illuminating the darkness.

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”

Your heaven, dreams, and purpose all exist within, not in the clutches of a divine external force.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

Instead of comparing how much or how little care and attention a person “deserves” each one of us should strive to give love without reserve – the more we give, the more we have.

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”

It is not the police or a higher law that should be feared as a consequence of an unconscious expression of anger, but the internal ramifications that expression has on the balance of the soul.

“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.”

To declare ownership or rights to something is to state that the universe somehow lacks that thing, but to let go of the idea of securing ownership is to accept the infinite abundance that is available to all and can never cease.

“To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.”

Taking action and making a mistake is better than not taking action at all.

“A jug fills drop by drop.”

You can bring attention to a desired goal, but don’t expect to achieve it overnight. Each moment of conscious intention is a raindrop that will in time turn into a stream, and then a river flowing to its destination.

“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

Even the smallest action creates a ripple of potential.

“The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.”

Sometimes we are not aware of things going wrong or our unaware state of being until we experience a glimpse of true insight and revelation. If we do not feel our full power and potential then it might be because the right stimulant to push us into action has not come around… it might be waiting for the first step off the ground before revealing the path ahead.

There are all interpretations of course. It would be great to hear some other interpretations too. Feel welcome to leave a comment.

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