Lasith (lasith) wrote,

The Persuit of Happyness

I enjoy the Temple, I consider myself very spiritual and extremely pround to call myself a Buddhist.  The Sri Lankan flag is a lion representing our race (Singhalese) carrying a sword and the Buddhist colours.   And so I carry this sword of knowledge, Excalibur into battle as Napolean would say The sword of knowledge and the Pen are mightier than any silver or gold weapon.  So soldiers of knowledge gather thy pens, type at the keys of the perment battle.  As 2 Pac says: "Wars come and Go, but my Soldiers stay eternal"  The battle is for hearts; the battle is for minds.  The battle of the 21st century.

Indeed we have the right to persue happiness, But like Pandora's Box, Hope can be a evil in itself.  And the persuit of one happiness will only make us dissatisfied with what we already have, and we will end up bitter.  Full of Envy of others and hoping to be something we may never be.  To be content is the most precious prize in anyone life.  It is when the Persuit of Happiness ends that we are truly happy.

I went to the temple today for the New Year Sermon.  Monks from Calgary, UC Berkley, New York and Edmonton gathered.  5 monks all Sri Lankan who offered us blessing and we offered our most valuable asset.  Our time.  To give us merit, to help us to become happier.  How do you become more happy?

1) Sharing...Charity
The Arabic word "Zakah",translated into English means 'purity'. As used in the Koran (believed by Muslims to be God's word) it signifies the "purity" a person achieves through giving in charity in God's way. It's principle is discussed in Koran 9:103 & 92:18. It is enjoined on believers according to Koran 9:60

" The alms are only for the poor and the needy, and those who collect them (for distribution), and those whose hearts are to be reconciled (resettlement of families, refugees etc), to free captives (slaves etc) and the debtors in need, and for the cause of Allah (God) and the needy travellers; a duty imposed by God. God is Knower, Wise" (Koran 9:60). 

2) Be Nice...
a) Actions that benefit others...Always try to see the perspective of what would make others happier
b) Ensure that your actions do not harm others 
This is done through: Right Thought,  Right Speech, Right Action

3) Keep your mind calm and peaceful
Done through: meditation and following the five precepts of Budhism

The fundamental Buddhism is summarised by Shakyamuni in the Dhammapada:

Not to do any evil,
To cultivate good,
To purify one's mind,
This is the teaching of the Buddhas.

It is simple but not easy. When a kid is three years old, he knows it. However, when he is over 80 years old, he cannot really practice it in his daily life. 

Five Precepts 5 Precepts

Buddhism is the most profound and wholesome education directed by the Buddha towards all people. Five precepts are the curriculum of Buddhist teaching, which are embraced in the moral code of Buddhism. By observing precepts, not only do you cultivate your moral strength, but you also perform the highest service to your fellow beings. The Five Precepts are:

1. Do not kill
Do not steal
Do not indulge in sexual misconduct
Do not make false speech
Do not take intoxicants

These are the basic precepts that all people should practice and abide by. As a result, you will live in Three Good Paths (Gods, Demigods & Human), not in Three Evil Paths (Hell, Hungry Ghosts & Animals), enjoy all the blessings, happiness and freedom in Human and Deva Realm.

Waiting On The World To Change

me and all my friends
we're all misunderstood
they say we stand for nothing and
there's no way we ever could
now we see everything that's going wrong
with the world and those who lead it
we just feel like we don't have the means
to rise above and beat it

so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

it's hard to beat the system
when we're standing at a distance
so we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
now if we had the power
to bring our neighbors home from war
they would have never missed a Christmas
no more ribbons on their door
and when you trust your television
what you get is what you got
cause when they own the information, oh
they can bend it all they want

that's why we're waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

it's not that we don't care,
we just know that the fight ain't fair
so we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

and we're still waiting
waiting on the world to change
we keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
one day our generation
is gonna rule the population
so we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

we keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change

Tags: buddhism, wisdom

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