Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an Uncertain by David Michie

By David Michie

What does it take to be at liberty? we now have all requested ourselves this question sooner or later, yet few people have chanced on the trail to lasting success. David Michie suggestion he had accomplished his life's goals--the high-level activity, the pricy urban condo, the luxurious motor vehicle, the nice vacations--but a small voice was once telling him he wasn't particularly satisfied. an opportunity comment from a naturopath despatched him to his neighborhood Buddhist middle. There he started the most crucial trip of his lifestyles. during this basic yet superbly written e-book, David Michie opens the door to the center teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he exhibits us now he started to comprise Buddhist practices into his everyday life. He explains how he got here to appreciate the variation among the transitority pleasures of normal lifestyles and the profound feel of future health and heartfelt serenity that comes from connecting with our internal nature. each every now and then you come back throughout a unprecedented booklet with the ability to alter your lifestyles. Buddhism for Busy humans is one such publication.

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Even setting the alarm clock just fifteen minutes earlier will, if you keep it up, prove life-changing. It almost goes without saying that it’s best to practise in a place where your privacy will be respected, and you will be interruption free. An analogy I like goes like this: if you want to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together, it’s not going to work if you rub for a while and give up—leaving the sticks to go cold—before making another fruitless attempt. Consistency is required. In the same way, if you really want to achieve results from meditation, it’s important to make it part of your daily routine, as opposed to an ad hoc, ‘when I can find the time’ activity.

Work. Relationships. Home. Your car. ’ The Four Noble Truths This is the true suffering. This is true source. This is true cessation. This is true path. Know the suffering. Abandon the source. Attain the cessation. Meditate on the path. The Four Noble Truths, Wheel of Dharma Sutra Rinpoche told us that after Buddha became enlightened, his very first teachings at the Deer Park in Sarnath were the Four Noble Truths. These are often referred to as the ‘essence of Buddhism’ because they encapsulate core teachings common to all Buddhist schools.

So too with meditation. While our ultimate aim may be enlightenment, our short-term goals need to be more realistic—such as experiencing less agitation and more genuine contentment. And the timeframe? This depends on how much you put into it. Genuine transformation of the mind is an evolutionary process, not a revolutionary one. Longingrained, negative mental habits take time to conquer. If you persist, however, you will inevitably progress, in the same way that doing aerobics every day can only improve your cardiovascular system.

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