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But nowadays, my concept of being happy is synonymous with feeling peaceful.
Nirvana, to me, equals equanimity and inner peace.
Many people say they want to be happy.
I want inner peace.
I have more and more difficulty keeping up with virtual life.
I find that time spent on the virtual world is time misspent in the real world.
How do people who keep blogs, groups, and accounts on every seeming app in fashion juggle a real life?
On days when I manage to put in my yoga session, my Buddhist practice, read some books and do walking meditation, entries in virtual groups are rare.
anyway i personally am tied of being told you can't ask questions by buddhists. of course i used to be a trial lawyer--so i was used to asking detailed and difficult questions.
Buddhism lays a strong emphasis on the use of reason and self-inquiry.
I have never come across a Buddhist teacher who discouraged questioning, except when the question was self-evident or superfluous.
I always say that I am high on life, so I don't need any other intoxicants.
I feel inebriated with life and there are moments when it does feel as if I were drunk or stoned.
But it's a constant with me: I am positive and optimistic, and I don't depend on external things or happenstances to feel happy.
It's the way I am.
Because I am able to appreciate the good moments and sit out in full acceptance when affliction strikes.
I don't look back nor forth: I live fully in the present moment.
It is the closest there is to equanimity, except that I am probably too passionate in the way I view life to be considered an arahant.
We can't sit quietly in a room for twenty minutes. We become restless, we panic. We check the phone messages, watch tv, read a book, chat with friends. We can't even find peace with ourselves.
Yet we want world peace.
We become the judge and jury, and declare that certain individuals (or nations, religions) are destroying the world. Were it not for them, life would be beautiful. Or so we think. Hypocrisy? Certainly.
Worse yet, it is born of a self-righteous attitude - that one is better than the rest.
Less judging, more understanding.
What we need is humility, not the arrogance of a self-righteous mind.
This too is Buddhism.
First of all, I don't identify with some parts of the speech.
Second, I know many people who don't fit that description either.
Third, this is as much Buddhism as it could be anything else.
Fourth.... oh yes, we are human: ongoing works in progress and deserving of compassion.
Thank you for the reminder