In Buddhism, one of the most difficult teachings for people to understand is anatman or non-self. The doctrine states that in humans there is no permanent entity that can be called a self or a soul. This denial of “any Soul or Self” is what distinguishes Buddhism from other major religions, such as Christianity and Hinduism, and gives Buddhism its uniqueness. (more…)
Gautama Buddha stated attachment to loved ones are causing us to suffer. When some people hear this they say things like, ‘so I can’t love my family, friends or children?’ They say this because they are getting attachment and love confused. They really are not the same thing. (more…)
How can we make our life more meaningful and live it responsibly? One way is to start each day by contemplating the following points:
- 1 – my life is special and so I should cherish it and use it to help others. If I cannot help, I should at least not harm anyone.
- 2 – all my happiness and sadness are impermanent, so I won’t hold on to them as though they were everlasting.
- 3 – my actions have consequences, not in another life, but here in this life. So, I should act skilfully by being mindful of my actions of body, speech and mind.
- 4 – my attachment to this life brings me discontentment. So, I should try to let go and see life as an every-changing thing.
I believe by spending 10 minutes a day on contemplating each of these points, you will start to live a more enjoyable and responsible life. The best time to contemplate these points is in the morning before you start your day. This will ensure your day gets off to a good start and your mind is in a positive place.
These points are not religious or dogmatic in anyway, so you don’t have to be a Buddhist, or even religious, to make these contemplation’s a part of your daily routine. try them!
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Buddha stated attachment to loved ones and material things are causing us to suffer. When some people hear this they say things like, ‘so I can’t love my family, friends or children?’ (more…)