When I say I am a Buddhist…

"The first step on the path of Buddhism is to lessen our desires and be satisfied with what we have. Then our minds will relax and we will begin to gain wisdom. "By Master Cheng YenI felt peace, serenity and ease of life when I look at  Bodhisatvva statue.

“The first step on the path of Buddhism is to lessen our desires and be satisfied with what we have. Then our minds will relax and we will begin to gain wisdom. “By Master Cheng Yen
I felt peace, serenity and ease of life when I look at Bodhisatvva statue.

When I say that ‘I am a Buddhist’, I am not shouting that ‘I am good, better than you or even close to being pure’. 

Instead I’m shouting that ‘I was lost in the pains, unsatisfactoriness and frustrations of the world, but now I’m walking a path that leads to progressive lessening of my greed and ignorance, lessening my attachments and sufferings day by day.’

When I say ‘I am a Buddhist’, I’m not bragging of success. 

Instead I’m admitting I have failed time and again to let go of my Greed, Hatred and Ignorance, and need the Buddha Dhamma to help me develop qualities of Generosity, Loving Kindness and Wisdom.

When I say ‘I am a Buddhist’ I still feel the sting of pain, the aging of my body, illness and I have my share of heartaches and failures in this ceaselessly changing world, But the Dhamma has taught me to see the realities of life, to accept change and to handle it with wisdom. My physical body will inevitably suffer but my Mental pain is optional.

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May you be diligent in path of awakening!

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