11 Buddhist Premises to Walk the World with Lightness
The following are some indispensable notions that have been taken from Buddha’s teachings, to lead a more coherent and airy everyday life.
Just over 2,500 years ago, when Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, began to share his teachings with fortunate groups of students that decided to follow him, these words were passed down from generation to generation, as part of the oral tradition. Nowadays Buddhism is recognized more as a method than as a doctrine; one that seeks the full development of the human mind.
Buddhism, in all of its ramifications, comes from that same moment, from the flow of teachings that originated more than two millenniums ago. The Buddha offered his followers a coherent understanding of conditioned reality as well as of the ultimate reality, and highly efficient meditations that transform knowledge into experience. In this sense, the practice becomes more relevant in everyday life and it can lead us to real happiness. The aim of Buddha’s teachings is the full development of the innate potential of the body, voice and mind, to benefit ourselves and others.
The following are some truly indispensable premises, taken from his teachings, which will allow us to lead the most congruent and light life possible. They may seem simple, or perhaps even obvious—more so now that the Internet is overflowing with carpe diem quotes and we have to a great extent ceased processing them—however, these remain wrapped in resonance and precision.
1. Words can hurt, but they can also heal.
2. We only lose that which we cling to.
3. Nobody can save us except us.
4. Be gentle with everyone.
5. What you think is what you are and will be
6. Control your mind or it shall control you.
7. Spirituality is not a luxury.
8. Choose your friends wisely.
9. Seek peace within yourself.
10. Truth always has a way of reaching the light.
11. Nobody deserves love more than you.
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