Mind, Spirituality

The Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness

dalai-lama“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” ~Dalai Lama in The Art of Happiness

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Motivation, Spirituality

10 Inspirational Quotes by The Buddha

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Photo courtesy of Zevotron
Buddha means “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and sees things as they really are. According to AboutBuddha.org, a Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the …

Mind, Spirituality

The Meaning of the Finger Pointing to the Moon

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Hotei pointing with the finger to the moon
The nun Wu Jincang asked the Sixth Patriach Huineng, “I have studied the Mahaparinirvana sutra for many years, yet there are many areas i do not quite understand. Please enlighten me.”

The patriach responded, “I am illiterate. Please read out the characters to me and perhaps I will be able to explain …

Mind, Motivation

The 10 Very Best Zen Stories

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Many teachings from Zen-Buddhism are told in short and delightful stories. They are usually designed to develop the mind and to free it from distortions and so to connect with our spirit.

Some of them are really inspiring and enlightening. It is helpful to the mind to think about them and feel the deeper meaning. Even if it is not …

Personal Development

How to Create Balance in All Areas of Your Life

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“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton

To have balance in life certainly is one of the most important overall goals to reach. At the same time it is a real toughie. On the one hand you focus on something you want to achieve, you make progress, but …