What are some core beliefs in Buddhism that can change YOUR life?
I grew up in a predominately Buddhist family. My grandparents and most of my relatives are practicing Buddhists. As a child, I didn’t pay much attention to the philosophy of Buddhism. I viewed going to service, chanting, and burning incense as more ritual than anything else. In fact, quite often I was thinking of the buffet lunch that would follow directly afterwards!
But today, my perceptions of Buddhism have certainly changed. I have begun to understand the wisdom and truth behind its teachings. Through Buddhism, I have learned key and core components to understanding existence on this planet and what is truly valuable in life.
According to Buddhist principles, everyone would like to be happy, but very few know how to do this. But through training, we can rid negative feelings and in return lead a healthier and happier life. We will be more fulfilled as a result. After all, you can’t stop bad things from happening, but you can control the way you react towards them. By learning to control emotions such as anger, fear, and greed we can regain peace of mind and self-control.
Buddhism teaches us that when we act out of anger or greed we might act compulsively. By acting this way, we will become unhappy. Instead, we need to calm down in order to think clearly and act with wisdom.
So, it is always important to continue to work on ourselves each and every day. The most important thing we can do in life is to become a better person. This should be our life long goal.
How do we do this you might be asking? We must stop being self-centered because this can cause others to become unhappy. We are all connected and our own survival depends on the lives of others. Instead of focusing on ourselves, we need to focus on love, compassion, patience, and understanding. This will allow us to remain calm, have a clear mind, and be happy.
A clear mind will perceive both ourselves and others in truth, not projections of fantasy that are created by the ego. By doing this, we live our lives based in clarity and not confusion and this will lead to true happiness!
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