How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

After identifying the scope of suffering, we need to discover its sources, which are twofold: afflictive, or counterproductive, emotions, and contaminated karmas.

Analyze. Think, think, think. When you do, you will recognize that our ordinary way of life is almost meaningless.

Anger is not necessary. It has no value.

As long as the sky exists And as long as there are sentient beings, May I remain to help Relieve them of all their pain.

At the beginning of our life is birth, during which we suffer, and at the end of our life is death, during which we also suffer. Between these two come aging and illness. No matter how wealthy you are or how physically fit you are, you have to suffer through these circumstances.

Eating, working, and making money are meaningless in themselves. However, even a small act of compassion grants meaning and purpose to our lives. P

He told me that while he was in a Chinese Communist gulag for almost eighteen years, he faced danger on a few occasions. I thought he was referencing a threat to his own life. But when I asked, "What danger?" he answered, "Losing compassion toward the Chinese.

I accept everyone as a friend. In truth, we already know one another, profoundly, as human beings who share the same basic goals: We all seek happiness and do not want suffering.

If with a warm heart and patience we can consider the views of others, and exchange ideas in calm discussion, we will find points of agreement.

If you are calm, even your enemy cannot disturb you.

In fact ants, to cite just one example, work unselfishly for the community; we humans sometimes do not look good by comparison. We are supposed to be higher beings, so we must act according to our higher selves.

In order to achieve peace, tranquility, and real friendship, we must minimize anger and cultivate kindness and a warm heart.

In the frenzy of modern life we lose sight of the real value of humanity. People become the sum total of what they produce. Human beings act like machines whose function is to make money. This is absolutely wrong. The purpose of making money is the happiness of humankind, not the other way round. Humans are not for money, money is for humans. We need enough to live, so money is necessary, but we also need to realize that if there is too much attachment to wealth, it does not help at all. As the saints of India and Tibet tell us, the wealthier one becomes, the more suffering one endures.

Lust and hatred give rise to the other counterproductive emotions and thereby create a whole lot of trouble in this world.

May all the ill deeds, obstructions, and sufferings of beings Be transferred to me, without exception, at this moment, And my happiness and merit be sent to others. May all creatures be imbued with happiness! Just

more dangerous than guns or bombs are hatred, lack of compassion, and lack of respect for the rights of others. As long as hatred dwells in the human mind, real peace is impossible.

My earnest request is that you practice love and kindness whether you believe in a religion or not.

Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.

Of course, I fail sometimes. Sometimes I get irritated. Occasionally I use a harsh word, but when I do, immediately I feel “Oh, this is wrong.

On every level—as individuals, and as members of a family, a community, a nation, and a planet—the most mischievous troublemakers we face are anger and egoism.

Rather, spend more on health and education for poor people. This is not forced socialism but voluntary compassion.

The only way to achieve lasting peace is through mutual trust, respect, love, and kindness.

The root of lust and hatred is ignorance of the true nature of all living beings as well as ignorance of the nature of inanimate things.

The stated good intentions of the various religions are not sufficient; we must implement them in daily life in society. Then we can know the real value of their teachings.

They do not exist in their own right, but only have an existence dependent upon many factors, including a consciousness that conceptualizes them. Once they exist but do not exist on their own, they necessarily exist in dependence upon conceptualization. However, when phenomena appear to us, they do not at all appear as if they exist this way. Rather, they seem to be established in their own right, from the object’s side, without depending upon a conceptualizing consciousness. When

Though my own knowledge is limited and my experience is also very poor, I have tried my best to help you understand the full breadth of the Buddha’s teaching. Please implement whatever in these pages appears to be helpful. If you follow another religion, please adopt whatever might assist you. If you do not think it would be helpful, just leave it alone.

To train the mind, you must exercise the patience and determination it takes to shape that steel.

True change is within; leave the outside as it is.

Under no circumstances should you lose hope. Hopelessness is a real cause of failure. Remember, you can overcome any problem.

Under no circumstances should you lose hope. Hopelessness is a real cause of failure. Remember, you can overcome any problem. Be calm, even when the external environment is confused or complicated; it will have little effect if your mind is at peace. On the other hand, if your mind gives way to anger, then even when the world is peaceful and comfortable, peace of mind will elude you.