Buddhism, as we know it, is one of the most peaceful religions there are out there. But, still, we never take the time to analyze it well. This leaves us ignorant of some really good advice that's just waiting for us to use it. So, what can we learn from Siddharta Gautama?
|Besides having an awesome ball of light hovering over our heads?|
First of all, it's ok to start small. A lot of people always try to start something headfirst and end up breaking their heads. If we start bit by bit, we'll eventually get to the objective we're looking to reach. Nobody really succeeds overnight, but those who work progressively will get to what they want, with a bit of patience.
Thoughts become things. What does this mean? If you're having evil thoughts, the evil will be given and felt by yourself. If you think happy, you'll feel happy. As Buddha said it: "The mind is everything. What you think, you become." So, yeah, a lot of guys will want to think porn. That's not what it means. If you're looking at life with a positive view, well, you're on your way to a positive life. If you look at life negatively, well, you're pretty fucked.
|This is sort of how it works (but thoughts can't become boobs, so sorry).|
Actions count. You're never going to show something just by talking about it. It's like the authors who never publish any work, or a musician who never writes a song, but still mentions it any time he can. He's not really a musician or an author unless he actually does what he says he will.
|SCREW YOU BASTARDS! ZE PAINTING WILL ARRIVE, I PROMISE!|
A very important lesson is to learn to forgive. I actually had this situation earlier this morning. A friend and I fought and we both got very mad, but we knew that we wouldn't get anywhere just by bickering, so later that day, we were quick to forgive. If you hold your anger within, bad stuff will happen. You can get ulcers, and even constipated.
|Come on you bastard, forgive!|
Seek to understand. Always, always be open to new ideas. I've met people who are very close-minded, and frankly, it's horrible. You can't win with those people. Why? It's called ignorance. If I'm presenting an idea, and a person simply chooses their own idea for the sake of that being their own idea, it's the definition of ignorance; they're ignoring me. You don't get any new knowledge with that. That way, a Hinduist or a Christian or a Jew may not accept ideas that were told by Buddha, or they could, depending on the person. The point is, if you stick to your ideas, you're not getting much out of life, then.
Be thankful. If you don't remember why you are who you are, you're bound to forget who you are at some point in the road. That also reminds me of another thing Buddha said. Conquer yourself. What does this mean? If you know how you are, and you know how to be yourself to your own benefit, then you can move mountains.
|Defeat your dark side.|
Travel well. This one's actually quite fun. They say that the road to the destination is half the fun. Take advantage of it. How? While you're traveling, look around. Inhale, and take in the beauty around you (unless you're in Detroit). Talk with new people, learn from them. Take notes on your travels and keep them for yourself, or share them. This also applies to life. Don't be anxious for the result of what you want, but enjoy every single step of the way.
|Enjoy the view.|
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” This is one of my favorites. It means that you need to go easy on yourself. Why? Because you're not perfect. Nobody is. That's what makes us human. And we have to recognize the fact that we can make mistakes, so we don't beat ourselves up every time we do.
|BAD DOBBY! BAD DOBBY!|
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it from without. You won't find peace anywhere outside of yourself. If you're not at peace inside, you won't be, until you calm down your anger and suffering. Well, that's more or less the most important things we can learn from Gautama. He was a very, very wise man, and, although I don't agree fully with his views (for example, embracement of poverty), I admire him for being the man he was.
|You're my favorite happy fat guy.|