I have been really depressed at work, to the point that I can't calm my mind to even meditate. Well, I was looking through my Buddhist Bookshelf trying to find something that can help me through this difficult time. And there is was, "The Art Of Happiness at Work". This book was written by Howard C. Cutler by having conversations with the Dali Lama about the subject of work. The subjects really helped me get through the work as well as dealing with co-workers. The examples are outstanding, I am sure EVERYONE can relate to the suggestions, even me who has to look REALLY REALLY hard to find happiness.
What I enjoyed the most was the true wisdom of the Dali Lama. There were some words and concepts that he was not familar with being from the east, but when Howard explained them to him vaugly, he was able to come up with an example or a lesson that felt like he was a specialist. I would love to go to Dharmasala and meet with him. Just to see him would be a great experience. I have read many of his books, and each one, fills me with such excitement. He was the reason I wanted to become a Buddhist. I read "How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life", and I wanted to find out as much as I could about Buddhism, and 2 years later, here I am!!!
On a side note, my friend wanted to go to Sawgrass Mills and get two video games that were on sale, so I went with him. And there was this "Psychic Emporium" store right when we walked in. I decided to look because it had some New Agey stuff. Well, I went to the back of the store, and there is was, a HUGE Gold Buddha. The price said $125, and of course, I have to pay my bills so it was way to expensive. So I left, and really felt crappy because I was looking for a really nice Buddha for my altar. So, when we were done (which they didn't have the games he wanted), I went back into the store because I decided that I was going to buy it no matter what, and Greg (who I was with) noticed that the whole table had 50% markdowns. So, I asked the lady if the Buddha was on sale as well and she said "YES"!!! I was overjoyed, picked the statue up and brought it to the cash register, and I really only paid $66. And now, he is the center of my room, and when the sun comes up, it hits Buddha is such an angelic way that the gold lights up my entire room.
"Tadyatha om muni muni maha muney soha"
Thank you Buddha for your teachings.....
Now think: The happiness of all these sentient beings - temporary, ultimate and the peerless happiness of full enlightenment - depends on whether or not I have compassion, the good heart.
Therefore, I need to develop the method of compassion, the good heart, within me. I also need to to develop wisdom.
Therefore, I am going to purify my mind, accumulate merit and plant the seed for enlightenment by meditating on the path to enlightenment - not just for my own sake but for the sole purpose of bringing happiness to the most precious, numberless sentient beings, whose value far exceeds that of countless wish-fulling jewels.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Welcome all to my journal. I have been studying Buddhism for several years and I would like to bring the Buddha's teaching to all. I am not an ordained nun nor do I claim to be. However, I am very knowledgeable on the subject and would like to answer an questions you may have. I am also a friend that you can share your troubles with. I have always been very good at giving advice, but you are always free to make your own decisions.
In this journal, I will talk about my realizations, questions or concers that arise, and anything else that is on my mind. I would also like to share quotes from the Buddha, monks and nuns as well as wisdom from the Dharma, the principle teachings of Buddhism.
So, again, I welcome you to join in the conversations, help me as I can help you, or anything else that you would like to share.
But please, do not use profanity or curse words in this journal, this is my Holy Place, so please be kind.....
~May all who read this find their way out of samsara and reach Nirvana.