A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Implement what we learn

If we were to study all of Buddha’s teachings but fail to practice any of it, have we benefited. We may be feted as a wise scholar of his teaching, but we will have wasted the knowledge if we do not make our best effort to use this knowledge in our daily life. The instructions Buddha left for us include the words test, practice, and adopt what we find useful. Buddha taught us that happiness is a state of mind, and gave us rules, guidelines and practices for us to achieve this state. However having the knowledge and not applying it is the equivalent to getting into our car and not starting the motor. If we don’t turn the key, we aren’t going to make the journey. We want to be happy and smiling all the time, the Buddha told us that only we can achieve that state for ourselves. If we seek others to make us smile all the time, we are consumers of temporary joy. It would be the daily equivalent of going to the comedy club, and watching a comedian tell jokes, and do funny routines. We might laugh and chuckle, have a smile on our face, but soon after leaving the club, we are back in the real world, and our problems are still there. Men do this when they look for a potential wife, they see the shiny bauble, and fail to check the label of contents, perhaps instead of perfume that fancy container is filled with poison. Women look for a good looking guy, who will provide them with everything they want. Then a few years later complain to their female friends they are just as lonely in marriage as they were when single. Because he is either off with his guy friends, just as she thought was cute and manly when dating, or is a workaholic who even when home, he is still at work. To be happy is an inside job. Most jobs have a set of rules, guidelines and procedures. Anyone who has ever worked at McDonald’s knows the standardization they train, so the Big Mac you have in Moscow, tastes the same as the one in Vancouver or Hong Kong. Buddha gave us the manual to be happy, we just need to follow the training and we will achieve the desired results.


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