There is a Buddhist teaching that says that when you get hurt, say, by an arrow, that is pain. The arrow hitting your arm, it hurts. Pain. However, there is a second arrow, which is your reaction to the arrow, the getting angry, the planning revenge, that is beyond pain, that is suffering.
The great Rabbi Israel Shem Tov, when he saw that the Jews were being mistreated, went into the forest, lit a holy fire, and said a special prayer, asking God to protect his people.
And God sent him a miracle. Continue reading
O Heavenly Child,
Do not get on your knees to pray to me.
Instead stay on your feet,
And do as I would do in place of me. Continue reading
“When you move your focus from competition to contribution life becomes a celebration.
Never try to defeat people, just win their hearts.”
– Gautama Buddha
If there is real relationship between two people, which means there is communion between them, then the implications are enormous. Then there is no isolation; there is love and not responsibility or duty. It is the people who are isolated behind their walls who talk about duty and responsibility. A man who loves does not talk about responsibility, he loves. Therefore he shares with another his joy, his sorrow, his money.
You can’t be committed to your bullshit and to your growth. It’s one or the other.
“A certain shopkeeper sent his son to learn about the secret of happiness from the wisest man in the world.