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How to achieve a life of balance and peace

Does our life depend on luck? Do you believe in destiny? Can people tell the future? What are the best lucky charms and omens? Gautama Buddha was asked these questions in the Mangala Sutra. However, he chose not to talk about how people take refuge in superstitions,...

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Indulging in superstitions

For centuries people have been indulging in superstitions, lucky charms, omens, divinations and fortune-telling. They have used these things to help them make decisions and keep them from taking responsibility for their own actions. Some cultures still place a lot of...

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The importance of a balanced life style

It is very important for us to have a balanced lifestyle. This means we have to live within our means. In the Vyagghapajja Sutra,  Gautama Buddha stated this: “……. a householder knowing his income and expenses leads a balanced life, neither extravagant nor miserly,...

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An open-mind starts with humility

I always feel that a humble person is easy to be around. They do not waste time on bragging about what they have, who they are or where they have been. They play down their achievements and are more attentive to other's needs. Image courtesy of Far ReachWhereas, the...

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The virtue of patience

As the saying goes, 'patience is a virtue,' and it certainly is. It can also be an antidote to anger and hatred. However, it can actually be quite difficult to be patient. When I was in my twenties it was the one thing I had very little of. I had just been promoted to...

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Appropriate Speech

Speech is a very powerful tool. If we hit someone, it will hurt for a short time and then go away. But if we verbally attack someone, those words can stay with them for many years. On the other hand, well thought out words can stop conflict, make friends and heal...

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Non-Thinking

I recently visited a renowned meditation centre in Northern India and was a little surprised to find a lot of practitioners talking about reaching a stage of non-thinking. They stated that they had manage to stop their thoughts from arising. It seems they believed...

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Teachers – for learning or leaning

I strongly believe that if we want to follow Gautama Buddha's teachings we need to find ourselves a good teacher. Someone who not only has experience of what he or she is teaching, but also does the practice. In other words, they should practice what they preach. But...

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Separating love from attachment

Gautama Buddha stated attachment to loved ones are causing us to suffer. When some people hear this they say things like, ‘so I can’t love my family, friends or children?’ They this because they are getting attachment and love confused. They really are not the same...

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Inner Questioning

It's not the answers you get from others, but the questions you ask yourself that will help you reduce your suffering. Give this statement some thought. Is it true? I believe so. The answers from other people come from their take on the world, which is coloured by...

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Hello and welcome to my blog!

This blog will be about Buddhism. ‘Oh! not another one,’ I hear you say. Well, yes but…

There are many great blogs on Buddhism as a religion and even more on Buddhism as a philosophy. I am writing about Buddhism as a way of life, which means there is no Buddhist jargon or dogma. It is not based in the metaphysical world, but has its feet planted firmly on this planet. It is easy to follow and practical. I use the Buddha’s early teachings as the blogs foundation, and explain them in a way that is relevant to your life today. You will find some of what I am going to write about in my books, ‘The Best Way To Catch A Snake’ and ‘Life’s Meandering Path.’ You may also follow Buddhism Guide on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you enjoy the blog. Feel free to give me feedback, as I love to hear other people’s views.