People may look at you and feel that your way of life, your interest in dharma, makes no sense. Others may say that if you want to practice dharma, you ought to ordain. Ordaining or not ordaining isn’t the crucial point. It’s how you practice. ~ Ajahn Chah
Book Review: ‘The Art of Happiness’ by H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama
What else needs to be said about a classic? This book literally changed my life. When I first read the book I was in a really bad spot in my life and need to “change my perspective” and sure enough this book taught me how.
The 10th chapter of the book is entitled “Shifting Perspective”. His Holiness explains his philosophy on perspective as such “The ability to look at events from different perspectives can be very helpful. Then, practicing this, one can use certain experiences, certain tragedies to develop a calmness of mind. One must realize that every phenomena, every event, has different aspects. Everything is of a relative nature.” He goes on to explain that allowing our perspective to be so narrow and self-center just furthers our problems and doesn’t allow us to see solutions.
The book, in my opinion, is required reading for anyone. It isn’t a Buddhist book, it’s a wonderful self discovery book written by a psychiatrist and a monk. The discussions are incredibly relevant to our busy, over-loaded society where issues of anxiety, depression, anger far outweigh those instances of true sublime happiness. We all need to learn this Art of Happiness. ~ Digging_the _Dharma
Does the spoon taste…
Does the spoon taste the soup?
A fool may live all his life
In the company of a master
And still, miss the way. ~ The Buddha
Book Review: ‘Buddhism for Beginners’ by Ven. Thubten Chodron
“In answering the most basic questions, this book will help new practitioners dispel confusion and gain a realistic, down-to-earth approach to the Buddhist path...” Alexander Berzin, The Berzin Archives ~ I think that quote sums up my feeling on this book that I have gone back to numerous times during my fledgling practice.
The book is an overview of all the central concepts involved in Buddhist practice. The book’s question and answer format made it very easy to return to again and again for answers that I was unclear on. Ven. Thubten Chodron‘s explanations are concise and easily accessible.
I find myself using it to answer questions that non-Buddhists ask me. Ven. Chodron explains the answers in such simple but thorough manner. This book was recommended to me when I first started investigating Buddhism. Since then I have found great wisdom in Ven. Thubten Chodron books and online resources. ~ Digging_the_Dharma
Sadness is an effective…
Suffering, in fact, can be helpful in many ways. It spurs your motivation and as many teachings point out, without suffering there would be no determination to be free from samsara. Sadness is an effective antidote to arrogance. ~ Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche