Buddhist Tips – The Path To Happiness (Part 1)
Buddhism seeks personal liberation and the liberation of all beings, and for this, it indicates that it is necessary to follow the statue of Buddha. However, in Tibetan Buddhism, Buddha can be anyone who has opened his potential to wisdom, a person who has discovered inner peace and happiness, turning away from suffering and frustration. Although perhaps the most interesting thing about Buddhism is that it is not a religion in the narrowest sense of the term and rules do not govern it, it is instead an art of living, a source of happiness, fulfillment, and wisdom that enhances our growth, through balance with nature. Anyone can practice Buddhism without being a Buddhist. In this blog, we give you some Buddhist tips to be an entirely and delighted person. Believe us; you will love to put them into practice.
FOLLOW THE TRADITIONS?
There is nothing wrong with following traditions; when we understand them, we know their origin, and they still make sense. But sticking to customs, just because it has always been done that way, implies myopia and fear of the unknown, as well as a denial of the continuous movement of life.
SUFFERING IS THE RESULT OF DESIRES AND IGNORANCE
Expectations, often unrealistic, as well as ignorance, are the true causes of suffering. In fact, pain does not come from outside but from how we assume certain situations. When we fail to achieve what we wanted when we feed unrealistic expectations and anticipate the negative consequences of cases, we create suffering. We must learn to live with uncertainty, accept change, and level our expectations to deal with grief.
WE MUST NOT LOSE OURSELVES IN THE ENVIRONMENT THAT SURROUNDS US
It is important to be aware of the environment surrounding us, learn to appreciate and enjoy it, and discover the aspects that can rob us of our psychological balance. Tibetan Buddhism states that when harmful places and companies are abandoned, disturbing emotions gradually diminish, and virtuous thoughts and feelings increase.
ANGER AND HATRED PREVENTS US FROM GROWING
For Buddhist philosophy, negative emotions are not a problem; we simply must learn to let them go and not feed them. Emotions such as anger and hatred grow and erode us, damaging our interpersonal relationships and even ourselves. We cannot grow as people, be understanding and compassionate if we feed the bonfire of those negative emotions. That’s why it is so important to learn to accept and forgive.
WE MUST NOT DO EVIL
We must refrain from causing harm, suffering, and pain to others. We should not behave with others, as we would not like them to act with ourselves. It is an elementary rule to follow because, faced with any moral dilemma, we simply have to ask ourselves: would we like someone to behave like this with the people we love or with us?
WE SHOULD NOT GET ATTACHED TO THINGS OR PEOPLE
Attachment is the source of our most significant troubles. When we believe that something or a person belongs to us, we are immediately gripped by the fear of losing them, which makes us feel inadequate and often leads us to do crazy things. In the same way, attachment leads us to give disproportionate importance to material possessions.
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR WAY
Each person is responsible for their actions, thoughts, and words. It is not about looking for culprits, but we must spend at least a few minutes a day to reflect on what we have done throughout the day. If we have made a mistake, we must not hide it but face it and strive to repair the damage. In the same way, when we have erred, we must learn the lesson so as not to make the same mistake again in the future.
WE MUST LEARN TO LOVE OURSELVES
Tibetan Buddhism tells us that the path to happiness is not found only within ourselves, but in the act of giving to others, in compassion and selfless help, in being generous without expecting anything in return. Still, to achieve these goals, you first need to love yourself and feel sorry for yourself. Only when we feel whole can we fully satisfy the needs of others; only when we love ourselves can we love others.
WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OUR BODY BECAUSE IT IS OUR TEMPLE
Contrary to what many people think, in Tibetan Buddhism, the body occupies an important place; it is a philosophy that feeds the soul and considers the “earthliest” things. The body is our temple, the only one we have, so we must treat it with respect and take care of it.
We don’t have to believe what’s said, simply because it’s been said Buddhism considers that all systems of thought, both religious and philosophical, are not immovable truths but guiding means that help us to travel our way. Believing that there are absolute truths, just because others believe them, leads us to assume a narrow mindset and limit ourselves as people. Check out the second part of this blog for more amazing Buddhist tips!