5.08.2007

soooo, The Dalai Lama was in town today....

You know, just your average day... I noticed there was a parade or some happening on my way to the post office to ship my Etsy goodies. Parades and happenings are common around here, so I kept through the traffic and mailed my things. Turns out, it was the crowd waiting for the Dalai Lama. Its just down my street, and I can smell the incense burning from here. I didnt get to see him, but I rationalized that at least I got to see the Polish Pope before he died.



Here are some sidewalk chalk drawings
made to celebrate and honor him:

How to achieve happiness
by The Dalai Lama
For a start, it is possible to divide every kind of happiness and suffering into two main categories: mental and physical. Of the two, it is the mind that exerts the greatest influence on most of us. Unless we are either gravely ill or deprived of basic necessities, our physical condition plays a secondary role in life. If the body is content, we virtually ignore it. The mind, however, registers every event, no matter how small. Hence we should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace.From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.

As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but every one who has to undergo suffering, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome troubles. Indeed, with this attitude, each new obstacle can be seen as yet another valuable opportunity to improve our mind!

Thus we can strive gradually to become more compassionate, that is we can develop both genuine sympathy for others’ suffering and the will to help remove their pain. As a result, our own serenity and inner strength will increase.

2 comments:

Rachelle said...

The sidewalk art is SO COOL! I love when towns "decorate" for events, so festive!

kat44 said...

Hey Sweetie.....
Had to check out your new "blog". Had't seen your page for a while and lots of new gorgeous stuff. Love everything and the Blog is great. Wish I had seen the Dalai Lama when he was in town !!!!! Maybe next time. Love what you wrote !!! Hope to see you soon.
Love
kathy