BENEFITING OTHERS

It is the general Buddhist procedure that one’s own pleasure and pain are acheived by oneself and not from the outside, and that, therefore, sentient beings themselves must understand and implement practices to bring about their own happiness. Thus, the most efficacious way to help others is through teaching what should be adopted in practice and what should be discarded from among current behavior. There is no way to do this unless you come to know all of the topics involved in what should be adopted in practice and what should be discarded—you must become omniscient. As mentioned earlier, there is no way to accomplish this except by removing the obstructions to omniscience, and one who has overcome, utterly and forever, the obstructions to omniscience is a Buddha.

Teachings by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

of self and the ground

Do you think i know what i am doing?

That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself?

As much as a pen knows what it’s writing,

or the ball can guess where it’s going next.

 -rumi

 

from the ground of ignorance

the tree of self grows

deeply rooted

in the pond of murkiness

the lotus of clear light

settles to reveal

-vm 

 

 

adversity as a platform

"Instead of seeking physical comfort in altered surroundings as a pathway to happiness, Tibetans gain spiritual awareness through encounters with adversity in their natural environment." ~ Galen Rowell

Unlike the quote, most of my adult life has been a rather mostly pleasant experience. it wasn’t easy but by no means would i consider it hardship. but as i enter my mid 30 something, i intent to not to live so comfortably. finanical "hardship" certainly helps curb the comfort level and the great thing about it is that it forces clarity on what is really important. i am actually grateful for the fact that i don’t have much of a "lifestyle" to maintain. the brilliant fact that i have been able to sustain a meaningful life without much money is something that i immensely appreciate. just think, in a couple of short years, i will be in some remote part of the world doing 60% of the things  i am doing now but  i won’t feel so materially poor! ulimately, having money or no money isn’t the issue but having experienced both ends of the spectrum has given me enough insight to what makes me appreaciate life more. hopefully, when the next round of financial success comes around, i will be able to utilize it to do more meaningful things with it…all in good time, all in good time.