don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams. – emerson
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
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.
from the ground of ignorance
the tree of self grows
in the pond of murkiness
the lotus of clear light
settles to reveal
"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.
“Marrying means to halve one’s rights and double one’s duties”, or even more drastic: “Marrying means, to grasp blindfold into a sack hoping to find out an eel out of an assembly of snakes.” –Arthur Schopenhauer
the seed of ignorance in the greatness of genius or is it the glory of genius in the sea of ignorance?