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Zen and the Art of Compassionate Peace and Wisdom

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“Life is suffering.”Buddha

Recently, an uncle (and godfather) had passed away. I believe he was in his 80s so he pretty much lived a full life.

But, experiencing the death of someone you know brings us bluntly into the reality that our lives do not go on forever, and our days are numbered.

This logically, would make one reason that life is short and to make the best of it as much as one physically, mentally and spiritually is capable of doing.

At the same time, we must have compassion for all sentient beings and to show compassion, live a peaceful life and strive to gain wisdom and insight in order to become a better sentient being, ourselves.

Some Favorite Dalai Lama Quotes

I’ve been focusing on a few of the Dalai Lama’s quotes, particular a few that I’ve never come across before. Let’s go over some:

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”Dalai Lama

It’s important that you, as an individual, do the things that you need to do to make yourself happy. And this includes doing everything from being around people who make you happy, to performing the necessary actions that make you happy.

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama reiterates that all sentient beings want to be happy. It’s a natural purpose, but sometimes it’s important to also avoid those people who cause you harm. He even states that it’s best to avoid them whenever possible, although sometimes it isn’t possible.

But at the same time we must strive to show compassion and tolerance for all.

When you think everything is someone else´s fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy. Pride leads to violence and evil. The truly good gaze upon everything with love and understanding.Dalai Lama

When you blame others all the time you will suffer. When you find fault in someone else you will ultimately suffer. But what happens when others find fault in you, and even when they are wrong, they someone shift the blame back at you. What is to be done?

The Dalai Lama maintains that its best to stay away from those who cause you harm, disrespect you and aren’t looking out for your best interests. There is absolutely nothing wrong with avoiding others if they will cause you harm in some way.

It’s called self-preservation.

Still, maintain respect, honor and dignity, but preserve your happiness by surrounding yourself with people whom you trust and those who truly respect you, while at the same time aiming for compassion, peace and wisdom.

Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face tremendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered.Dalai Lama



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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