It’s time for a Renoloution
Apologies to the Beatles, but it is time for a renoloution. Regardless of which path you are following in life, your probably saying to your self, I wish I was (fill in the blank). Well starting to day we are engaging in Renolutions. Think of it as part Renewal, and part Evolution.
Regardless of your age, there are parts of your life that need to be refreshed or renewed. Just as couples will occasionally renew their vows, or many professionals or trades people have to renew their qualifications, so do we need to renew our view of ourselves. When is the last time you sat down and evaluated who you are? Maybe your so busy working, networking and shmoozoing your way to success, that the important things in life, have ended up in the rear view mirror of your journey.
Firstly, what belief system do you profess as your own?Do you follow the teachings of Buddha, Christ, Mohammed or perhaps another teacher? Write down the basic tenants or principles you are supposed to be upholding, and compare yourself to this list. Next if there is a list of qualities you should also follow as a spouse or parent, list those, and once again, compare yourself to these.
For Buddhists, there are The Triple Gem, Taking Refuge, and the four Noble Truths. The Triple Gem consists of The Buddha, The Dharma, and The Sangha. The Buddha generally refers to the historic Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, but can refer to any self-realized or enlightened being. There have been many Buddhas, and there are many more to come, as all beings have the Buddha nature within. The Dharma refers to the teaching of the Buddha, but it also includes all teachings that lead to the truth, and teach the impermanence of this world. The Sangha has different levels of meaning. From the community of lay followers and members of the Monastic Order who practice the Way, to meaning just the Monastic Order of Monks and Nuns. Taking Refuge in the triple Gem means you are accepting the teachings of The Way, and putting your trust in them. The Triple Gem may be considered as the foundation of practicing The Way.
“We take refuge in the Buddha because he is our teacher. We take refuge in the Dharma because it is good medicine. We take refuge in the Sangha because it is composed of excellent friends.” Dogen 1200-1253, A Japanese Zen Master.
The Four Noble Truths are the means which the Dharma wheel is set into motion. The Four Nonble truths consist of Dukha, Trishna, Nirvana, and Marga. Duhka or Suffering, is the acknowledgement that it is a fact of life you will suffer. Trishna or Attachment is the cause of our suffering. Nirvana or the cessation of suffering. Marga or the way to end suffering. In other words, at some point in our life, we will suffer, whether from clinging to someone, something or wrong thinking. We fail to accept that what existed yesterday, doesn’t have to exist today, and that just because something exists today, there is no guarantee that it will exist tomorrow. That once we accept the reality of life, and personally accept to take wholesome steps, we can make not only ourselves happier, but all beings we encounter will suffer less. You awaken to the truth, you accept things in the here and now, you live in harmony with the universe, and follow the path the Buddha taught 2600 years ago.
So now that we have laid or renewed the foundation tomorrow, lets start working on the framework of being happy.