Buddhism has intrigued me ever since I dove deep into my consciousness & treasured my well-being.
I’ve never been an extremist for any particular religion, I just kept an open mind and let the big afterlife questions remain unanswered. My way of living was through my parents –
be kind, be respectful, work hard.
My infatuation with Buddhism is that there’s no strict rules, no ‘You will burn in infinite Hell if you..”
And while not every religious person is an extremest with their ideology, I guess you could say Buddhism seemed ‘chill’ to me. It made sense. I connected with it.
Buddhism illustrates how you are in control of your destiny. You control your thoughts, your choices, your emotions. It’s about understanding of others, being mindful of yourself, and being true to your good character. The ultimate objective is Nirvana – free of suffering, free of desires, & full of peace. Whether that be here on Earth…or somewhere else.
Thich Nhat Hanh explains The Three Doors of Liberation as
“..dwelling in concentration while liberating yourself from fear, confusion, and sadness.”
“Emptiness does not mean nonexistence; think of it as Co-Arising.
Western society has difficulty fully grasping this idea.
“We cannot be by ourselves, alone. We can only inter-be with everything else in the cosmos.”
We are not just humans. We need everything on this planet (and not on this planet) to be what we call ourselves as humans. It’s that acclaimed saying of “We Are All One”.
You are vegetables. You are meat. You are meteors. You are the sun, you are the trees; you need all these essentials to live, therefore you are these elements. Nature doesn’t need us, we need nature.
Our species tends to think of ourselves as top dog, number one, above the rest. But, what we fail to recognize is that we wouldn’t be anything without everything else.
Remember, you are the food you eat, the air you breathe, the vices you indulge in, & the people you connect with. Choose wisely.
Buddhism focuses on the end of suffering. Suffering arises from attachment.
‘Sign’ is the preconceived perception of something.
We are a very controlled and disciplined society. From the beginning, you are taught that this is this, and that is that. this is a coffee table, that is a tree. Obviously, the basics of these teachings are needed, but too much guidance & constriction weakens our creativity. What’s beautiful about perception, is its uniqueness. Every single person sees the same thing slightly different. We each have our own view of the world, looking through our own lens. It’s important to utilize an open mind and take advantage of the fascinating, magnificent brain you have. Take advantage of creativity.
“School teaches you how to earn a living, but hardly how to live.”
How to deal with conflicts, how to deal with anger, how to stay positive in negative situations. We need to use our brain in a more creative way every day. To help ourselves & others.
This is probably my favorite teaching of the three. It eases a lot of the Western pressures we have as young adults, or just as much, adults in general.
“There is nothing to do, nothing to realize, no program, no agenda.”
It’s relaxing just to say.
Your purpose in this life is to be yourself. The reason for your entire existence is not to graduate college, not to make the maximum income, not to own every shiny materialistic item;
it’s to just be.
Enjoy yourself. Bask in the sun on a Tuesday afternoon. Enjoy a night out with your favorite people. Go into nature and soak in every living thing around you. Indulge in other cultures. Travel to the places you daydream about. Soak up every moment.
“Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment,
and to look at all beings with the eyes of love.”
until next time,