"I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is toward happiness."
If one understands, the concept of Karma properly, one will understand that Karma means 'action.' Karma is a very active process. ... So what type of future will come about, to a large extent, lies within our own hands in the present.
第三次因為前生福份有緣上天堂(這次選的上山路線也可比天堂路?)，把兩年前在列城買的這本書帶在身上看。偶爾幾天早早醒來，就去到他們做早課的教室樓下聽他們早晨的經文合唱看書。路過的小喇嘛招我上樓和他們同坐，於是有幾個早晨，我就在這一條短短的走廊和他們一起做早課。他們念他們的經，我看我這本書 The Art of Happiness。
這本書是由一位精神科醫師Howard C. Cutler所寫，內容節錄他和達賴喇嘛關於各種主題的對談，包含達賴喇嘛在各地演講的內容摘錄，以及他與自身臨床或生活經驗之結合分享。既然已過了寫暑假作業之年紀，我想我也不必綱要式介紹書裡到底說些什麼(真是個好藉口!而且佛曰不可說啊)，只想簡單把看書時覺得有意思或打動我的句子段落分享。
“No matter what activity or practice we are pursuing, there isn't anything that isn't made easier through constant familiarity and training. Through training, we can change; we can transform ourselves. Within Buddhist practice there are various methods of trying to sustain a calm mind when some disturbing event happens. Through repeated practice of these methods we can get to the point where some disturbance may occur but the negative effects on our mind remain on the surface, like the waves that may ripple on the surface of an ocean but don't have much effect deep down. And, although my own experience may be very little, I have found this to be true in my own small practice. So, if I receive some tragic news, at that moment I may experience some disturbance within my mind, but it goes very quickly. Or, I may become irritated and develop some anger, but again, it dissipates very quickly. There is no effect on the deeper mind. No hatred. This was achieved through gradual practice; it didn't happen overnight.'
Certainly not. The Dalai Lama has been engaged in training his mind since he was four years old.”
Framing any decision we face by asking ourselves, will it bring me happiness?
The first step involves learning...the next step is developing conviction. ... this conviction develops into determination...next, one transforms determination into action..the final factor of effort is critical
“Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we've utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope, although there is no guarantee of our future. There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. But we are working for that purely on the basis of hope. So, we need to make the best use of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.
So, let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren't born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities—warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful—happier.”
Each of us repeatedly goes through three stages: 'Hold me tight,' Put me down,' and 'Leave me alone.' - Desomnd Morris
In the same way that physical pain unifies our sense of having a body, we can conceive of the general experience of suffering acting as a unifying force that connect us with others. ... It is our suffering that is the most basic element that we share with others, the factor that unifies us with all living creatures.
You should never lose sight of the importance of having a realistic attitude - of being very sensitive and respectful to the concrete reality of your situation as you proceed on the path towards your ultimate goal.
If one comes across a person who has been shot by an arrow, one dose not spend time wondering about who shot it, or analyzing what type of wood the shaft is made of, or the manner in which the arrowhead was fashioned. Rather, one should focus on immediately pulling out the arrow.
- Shakyamuni, the Buddha
There is a Tibetan expression that says if there is any sickness in the conch shell, you can clear it by blowing it out.
In my case also people come to me for help. Many are looking for miracles, for miraculous cures and so on, and of course I can't help everybody. But I think the main thing is motivation. To have a sincere motivation to help.
Oh, the Dalai Lama laughed, ' I should warn you that in this type of meditation, since there is no specific object to focus on, there is a danger of falling asleep.
" I don't know how to use facebook. I just click the message box. And I type 'How are you, I am Norbu. And I type I am in Ladakh and are you in Taiwan and blahblahblah...."
" And I send the message."
"And I am happy."