On life’s journey
Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day
And right mindfulness is the protection by night
If a man lives a pure life noting can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit is freedom.
Believe in nothing on the faith of traditions,
Even though they have been held in honor for many generations and in diverse places.
Do not believe a thing because many people speak of it.
Do not believe the faith on the sages of the past.
Do not believe what you yourself have imagined, persuading yourself that a God inspires you.
Believe noting on the sole authority of your masters and priests.
After examination, believe what you yourself have tested and found to be reasonable, and conform your conduct thereto.
One of his students asked Buddha: “Are you the messiah?”
“No”, answered Buddha.
“Then are you a healer?”
“No”, Buddha replied.
“Then are you a teacher?” the student persisted.
“No. I am not a teacher.”
“Then what are you?” Asked the student, exasperated.
“I am awake”, Buddha replied.
Live in joy, in love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy, in health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy, in peace,
Even among the troubled.
Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.
If you want others to be happy,
If you want to be happy,
As the Buddha was dying, Ananda asked
who would be their teacher after death.
He replied to his disciple:
“Be lamps into yourselves.
Be refuges into yourselves.
Take yourself no external refuge.
Hold fast to the truth of the lamp.
Hold fast to the truth of a refuge.
Look not for a refuge in anyone besides yourselves.
And those, Ananda, who either now or after I am dead,
Shall be a lamp into themselves,
Shall betake themselves as no external refuge,
But holding fast to the truth as their lamp,
Holding fast to the truth as their refuge,
Shall not look for refuge in anyone else besides themselves,
It is they who shall reach to the very topmost height,
But they must be anxious to learn.”
As human beings we all want to be happy and free from misery.
We have learned that the key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions such as anger, attachment, fear, suspicion, while love and compassion, a sense of universal responsability, are the sources of peace and happiness.
Fill your mind with compassion.
Love yourself and be awake -
Today, tomorrow, always.
First, establish yourself in the way,
then teach others,
and so defeat sorrow.
To straighten the crooked
you must first do a harder thing -
You are the only master. Who else?
and discover your master.
Fools wait for a lucky day
But every day is a lucky day
For an industrious man.
We are what we tink.
And what we are arises from our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make our world.
Pay no attention to the faults of others,
Things done or left undone by others.
Consider only what by oneself is done or left undone.
The secret of happiness lies in the mind’s release from worldly ties.