Buddhist Ways To Be Happy – Day One, Dharma Day

Today, the full moon in July, I acknowledge and celebrate Dharma Day.  What a fitting day to start daily posts from “1325 Buddhist Ways to be Happy”  by Barbara Ann Kipfer

Finding Peace, Page 47

“Peace begins with us.  You are not powerless on this planet; you can embrace a spiritual path that brings tranquility to your heart and mind, which is the first step toward bringing peace to the world.  Cultivated inner calmness will beget gentle speech and moral actions, such as gentle caring for others.  When you bring the qualities of peace to your communications, you will radiate peace out into the world.”

“Here it is – – right now.  Start thinking about it and you’ll miss it.”

“Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true happiness must come from inside us.”

“Every waking second is a chance to look past who you think you are right through to who you truly are.”

“Hope is itself a species of happiness and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.”

“The greatest part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”

“Be true to yourself – if something makes you unhappy, try something else.”

“Make it a point to be happy to be here.  The first thought of the day should be positive and special.”

“To have peace, we must first have understanding.  Understanding is not possible without gentle, loving communication.”

 

 

Dharma Day

Dharma Day, a Buddhist celebration, marks the day when the Buddha began teaching.  Celebrated by Buddhists worldwide, it’s considered a time to reflect on the qualities of the Buddha and express gratitude for his teachings which offer humanity a way to find release from its bonds. Dharma refers to the body of the Buddha’s teachings.

Dharma Day is one of the most important dates in the Buddhist calendar as it marks the day the religion was established. It is usually celebrated with readings from the Buddhist scriptures, and is an opportunity to reflect deeply on their content. Also known as Asalha Puja, Dharma Day falls during the eighth month of the traditional Indian calendar.

Dharma day is so sacred to Buddhists as they feel after celebrating this day their spirit has been purified leaving them with peace in their hearts. To Buddhists Dharma day is a day of peace away from the outside world.

My Challenge For “This Life”

Maybe I need to look at this whole thing more as a challenge.  As a test of my strength.  Of all the things that I have learned over the years and all the lessons I have had to teach myself.  Maybe it is meant to be a reminder to me of the strong independent woman who I am.

In my life, my biggest weaknesses/areas for growth are my patience and my inability to control my emotions.  This is a test of both of those things.  In order to become my best self, I must overcome all obstacles, especially those that are the most difficult to me.  If I am unable to achieve that goal in this live, I am subject to dealing with these same struggles in my next life, and each life after that until I finally am able to overcome.

I do believe that each life we are given (because I fully believe in reincarnation) we have a goal to work towards.  An area within ourselves to overcome and perfect.  Maybe this is my goal for this current life here on earth.

I have strength, I have spirit, I have persistence, dedication and determination.  My thoughts are what can become destructive.  This too, is a challenge I can overcome.