Category Archives: Buddhism

Love Your Enemies

Our enemies provide us with a precious opportunity to practice patience and love. We should have gratitude toward them.

Tenzin Gyatso
The 14th Dalai Lama


Love our enemies?  Did Chris just say that?  Seriously?
Yes I did.
The 14th Dalai Lama said it.
Jesus preached it.

This is not a new concept as you can see.  And if you notice one of my favorite words is in this quote or at least a derivative of it.  I’m not going to tell you what the word is.  Let’s see how many people really know me.  Can you guess the word?  I gave you the biggest hint, so even if you don’t know me as well some many of my followers, you should be able to pick the word out.

Loving our enemies has much in common with forgiveness.

Those who forgive can lighten their hearts.
Those who forgive stop hurting themselves
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I see Law of Attraction in this quote as well.  Can you guess where?  It is with that favorite derivation once more.  As you’ve seen with this entry and several others here and for those of you who have been following me for some time I resonate deeply with Buddhism.  I feel most comfortable in that belief system.  It’s why I continue writing about the faith.

If you notice I said:
Jesus preached it.

It’s another example that all religions are one.  We are all connected.
Everything is connected.
Everything is connected to one divine source.

Do you see that?
If not, I think it’s time to remove your spiritual blinders.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

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What is Joy

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I discovered Thich Nhat Hanh a couple years ago while visiting someone I know.  Several of his books lined the book shelves.  Being that i was in this paradigm at the time I took one down and leafed through it.  I knew this person whose books there were wanted to move in this direction.  They were stuck.  Oh they wanted people to believe they were enlightened.

I knew different.

After leafing through the book I took down from the shelf, I asked if I could borrow the books by Hanh.  What an amazing person he is.  Anyone wanting to understand, joy, peace, love should check him out.  After discovering him, I went into research mode.

Typically, upon finding a subject that fascinates me I dig deep into said topic.  Did you know that Martin Luther King nominated Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize?  Much of Hanh’s writing reminds me of Buddhism.  That’s because he founded a Buddhist Church.  As you may know from previous entries at Wisdom and Life, I identify very closely with Buddhist thought.  It’s where I feel most aligned.  It’s what brings me joy.  So much of what Buddhism stands for is where I stand; with one glaring exception.  That being that Buddhists don’t have a Divinity the pray to, they don’t believe there is a higher power.  They don’t pray to God.

That’s the one thing I simply cannot comprehend.
Not that anyone doesn’t have a right to their opinion.

I’ve seen too much.
I know too much.

I see God in everything.  My Faith is simply too strong.

So, let’s see if we can swing this post back to the topic at hand.  When I began writing this I wanted to know what Joy means to you.  I searched around for quotes on Joy and settled on the one above by Thich Nhat Hanh.

What brings you joy?
What does Joy mean to you?

Would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris

Many Paths

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take.  The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain telling everyone else their path is wrong.

Hindu Teaching
Joleen Halloran

How many times has someone given you advice.
How many times has someone said:
You should be doing this, not that.

How many times has someone said:
You can’t make a living doing THAT.

Did you ever stop and think about the person saying that?  Offering you said advice?

When I came across Joleen’s graphic and quote above I immediately knew I must write about once again about the subject.  Even though I’ve spent an extensive amount of time discussing it I feel that it’s a subject we can all relate to again.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the image of the person running around telling everyone else their path is wrong.  Kinda humorous to envision this serious activity.

Serious, I think because no one should be in charge of our futures but us and the Divine.  Only God knows what’s best for us, and unless we follow the map HE sets out for us, we will find ourselves trapped in misery.

There are hundreds of paths up the mountain but only one is right for us.  We know what the right one is.  What brings us joy?  Where is our bliss?

That’s the correct path for us.  It’s like George Clooney said in The Men Who Stare at Goats said:
Your life is like a river.
If you’re aiming for a goal that isn’t your destiny, you will always be swimming against the current. Young Gandhi wants to be a stock car racer? Not gonna happen.  Little Anne Frank wants to be a high school teacher? Tough Anne. That’s not your destiny. But you will go on to move the hearts and minds of millions.  Find out what your destiny is and the river will carry you. Sometimes events in life give an individual clues as to where their destiny lies.

I also love Clooney’s sentiment above because it is SOOOO true.  As many paths as there are there is only one true one for each of us and we must follow that one true path otherwise as Clooney says:
We  will always be swimming against the current.

We certainly cannot listen to the one running around the base of the mountain telling us that our path is wrong.  For only we know which is the right path for us.

Who will you listen too?

Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris