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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BUDDHA'S WISDOM

In the long history of human civilization, one man whose teachings created ripples in the world and  a religion  took birth by his name: Buddha.

According to Wikipedia,  Buddha was born either 563 BCE  or 480 BCE in Lumbini (a place in present-day Nepal) and died in 483 BCE or 400 BCE which means he probably lived about 80 years on this planet.  His marathon life helped the mankind to juice out his wisdom.

If we go into important landmarks of  Buddha's life, we see that except his birth, all other phases of life journey centered in India only.

- He attained enlightenment at  Buddha Gaya, India
-  Gave his first sermon at Sarnath, India.
-  Finally, he left his mortal frame at  Kushinara or Kashia in Uttar Pradesh, India. 


His teachings / insights in nutshell are:

3 Great Truths:

1. Nothing is lost in the universe. Matter turns into energy and energy turns into matter.
2. Everything changes.
3. Law of cause and effect. We receive exactly what we earn, whether it is good or bad.

Four Noble Truths: 

1. Suffering is common to all.
2. We are the cause of our suffering.
3. Stop doing what causes suffering.
4. Path to end suffering is to get enlightened. 

Noble Eightfold Path:

1. Right View.  
2. Right Thought.
3. Right, Speech.
4. Right, Conduct.
5. Right Livelihood.
6. Right Effort.
7. Right Mindfulness.
8. Right Concentration.

In contemporary times, one man who mirrors the Buddha's wisdom is  Lhamo Dondrub, the 14th Dalai Lama, a Tibetan monk who endured great hardships in his fight for Tibetan rights and propagated the message of peace to the world which paved away for clinching of  Nobel Peace Prize in  1989.

I am in possession of a great book written by HH Dalai Lama with Howard C. Cutler titled " The Art of Happiness".  True to its title, it is a handbook for living.

I find in  my life that the best way to prepare for the future is to  prepare for the worst: death.  Whether you fear it or not, it is certain.  Hence, there lies wisdom in constantly reminding the certainty of death.  When the mind accepts this fact, life in the present moment exuberates with joy!

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