Who Would’ve Thought Buddha’s Teachings Will Still Be Relevant In the 21st Century? Here Are the Most Valuable Ones.
It’s been 2,500 years since Buddha imparted knowledge that we still draw inspiration from today. Buddha’s teaching encourage peacefulness, ethical living and keeping a calm mind. Even 2,500 years ago, people struggled with the same issues we do in the 21st century.
Today we look at some life lessons and financial lessons in our article 15 Most Valuable Lessons from Buddha (Buddhism).
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Choose Your Thoughts Carefully
It’s no secret that words are a powerful weapon. Whether those words are spilling out your lips or are giving a constant dialogue internally, they yield power.
What you think you become. Your thoughts are so powerful that they can shape the outcome of any situation. Only you can change your inner monologue.
If you keep telling yourself you’re a failure or that you can’t do something, that will become your reality.
If you change that rhetoric to tell yourself that you’re still trying and you’re enough, watch how things change in your life.
Buddha’s teaching say, “What you think you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”
Anger Will Eventually Kill You
Aluxers, we completely understand that letting go of anger is not easy.
Buddha said, “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” It’s not going to happen, is it? So, why do we torture ourselves while holding onto anger?
If someone hurt you years ago and you’re still holding onto that hurt, it’s time to let it go. If you’re struggling to do that, seek professional help. We assure you, the person that made you so angry, is living their life with no thoughts about you… so, don’t give them anything more of you.
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Starting Small Is Enough
“A jug fills drop by drop,” is often attributed to Buddha’s teaching, but it’s not quite accurate. Here’s the full teaching, “Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.”
It has the same meaning as eating an elephant one bite at a time, baby steps or not building Rome in a day… basically, little by little we find success. It could be personal, financial, emotional, physical, or mental.
Success comes to those that are patient. Be patient Aluxers, as long as you’re not standing still, you will get to where you’re meant to be.
Look After Your Body
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.”
How often when we’re feeling like rubbish, do we resort to eating junk food, drinking too much alcohol, or deprive our body of exercise or sleep? Too often Aluxers, and when we neglect the home of our heart and mind, we can’t function properly or in unity with our environment.
Looking after the body is essential, because without a healthy body, we cannot expect our heart and mind to be healthy either.
Actions Count More Than Words
Aluxers, we all know certain people that go to church every Sunday, read the bible, and are “supposedly” religious– yet their actions are not at all in sync with what they propose to be.
Buddha said, “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?”
Talk really is cheap, but talk followed by action, is not.
Always be cognisant of what people say and what they do, because what they do speaks far louder about who they really are, then what they say.
Be Thankful and Show Gratitude
Is your glass half full or half empty? Do you even have a glass?
How you perceive each situation will define how the situation pans out. Considering that you’re reading an article right now, means that you have data, some form of electronic device and 15-minutes of “you time.”
That’s a pretty sweet place to be, isn’t it?
So, it may be that you’ve had a rough start to the day; your car didn’t start, or you spilt coffee down your clean work sweater – you’re here now and you’ve got a lot to be grateful for.
“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.”
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Forgive Yourself and Others
When we forgive others, who do we ultimately free? Ourselves, Aluxers, and that’s a part of Buddha’s teaching. Forgiveness ends suffering, it restores dignity and provides a fresh start with lessons learnt.
“Remembering a wrong is like carrying a burden on the mind.” While this quote is often attributed to Buddha, it’s not his exact words. However, in Dhammapada, he does say “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love.”
If we harbour resentment, anger, or hurt, we will never heal for our own sake. And only by loving those that have hurt us, or loving ourselves enough to move on, can we heal wholly.
Live in the Present
“Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life.”
It’s simple yet holds all the power.
Aluxers, we are often so focused elsewhere that we miss out on the glorious life that we have right in front of us. We sit at a dinner table with friends or family, and we place our phone on the table… just in case someone messages us.
We have a conversation with someone, but our mobile is in our hand, and we glance down to see who wants our attention.
We make love to our partner, but our mind is thinking of the dishes that need washing, or the laundry that needs folding.
When we do that, we’re giving our best to nobody, not even ourselves.
Money Isn’t the Problem; It Is Our Relationship to Money That Troubles Us
Legend says that if we rub the tummy of a laughing Buddha, we will get lucky and gain wealth.
And while Buddha doesn’t have a quote about money, per se, much of his teachings speak about giving. One of Buddha’s teaching says, “You only lose what you cling to.”
So, it’s easy to take the guidance and apply it to any area of your life. From a financial perspective, having wealth is not a sin or something to abandon entirely for enlightenment, but share the wealth with those less fortunate.
Bring joy, make a difference, do good, show gratitude and abundance will follow.
The Buddhist belief is that of “intentional action,” so act with intent and graciousness, and not from greed or personal gain.
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The Buddhist Perspective on Wealth
Aluxers, to briefly summarize part of the Buddhist journey is as follows:
To avoid suffering through ignorance, people are encouraged to be mindful, calm, non-violent and gain a different perspective. We can take heed of the values instilled in the Noble Eightfold path, which are right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right meditation.
And by “right” view, it doesn’t mean a right or wrong perspective, but rather a chance to investigate all views before affirming the one that works well for you and others.
It’s this set of values that build the foundation of making great financial decisions, that not only benefit yourself but those around you as well.
Get the Right Mindset
We spoke earlier about how your thoughts can dictate your outcome, and the same applies to your financial situation.
Start working on your thinking patterns and start thinking your way out of your current financial situation. Obtaining the right mindset of “I can do this,” is half the battle won.
Now, it’s time to put those words into action.
Take your first step. What do you want to achieve?
If it’s a simple savings plan to begin with, take your documentation and go to the nearest bank and open a savings account.
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The crux is that no one can make the changes or steps for you. Only you can do that. Do it with a grateful heart with the intent to pass on good fortune, and you’ll have a solid foundation in making great financial decisions.
The Ripple Effect of Everything
You know how a day can progress if something goes wrong in the morning… it can cause an entire day to be sh*tty.
In Buddhism, the interconnectedness of things is important. Anything you do now, will have an affect somewhere else. If all your actions are done with empathy, compassion, and good grounding, then the consequences are more likely to be positive and vice versa.
The same process applies to your financial decisions. Every financial decision you make will have a ripple effect, so make decisions that are good for the soul.
Aluxers, practicing detachment is not about just letting go of material things, but it’s about letting go of the pre-conceived idea you had or have about a situation. Most of our disappointments are when we expected something that didn’t materialize, but it doesn’t mean that situation is imperfect, it’s just a different reality.
When it comes to your finances, you naturally have a certain idea in mind that you’re aiming for – but when the path there is slightly more winding than you anticipated, that’s ok.
As we said, your thoughts become reality – but on that journey there will be speed humps, stop signs, right of way signals, the occasional power outage… you get the point.
By practicing detachment, you have clarity of mind and it’s much easier for you to accept change – which is inevitable.
Share Wealth and Knowledge
There’s a Buddha’s teaching which says, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
The same applies to wealth. If you’re not able to physically give wealth, then share knowledge. Take someone under your wing and become their mentor. Give your time to an organization and share your skills.
Knowledge is incredible wealth after all, and you could be inspiring the next Naval Ravikant.
As quoted on Buddha Sasana, “Buddhism is a religion that considers wisdom, rather than faith, to be the single most important virtue.”
Accept Responsibility for Your Outcome
We can play the blame game all we want to, but ultimately, it’s our responsibility to take action in our own lives.
Another one of Buddha’s teaching says, “By oneself is evil done; by oneself is one defiled. By oneself is evil left undone; by oneself is one made pure. Purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another.”
And that Aluxers, only you can do. Nobody can take responsibility for your life, but you.
What lesson did you find the most valuable on our list today and how will you use it in your own life? We’d love your feedback.