My philosophy …

I have always been fairly philosophical and even in university took an Asian philosophy course, although I think it was too deep for me then, and I don’t think that I was quite ready for it.

I recently renewed my interest in Asian philosophy, partly due to a friend who almost became a Buddhist monk. I have started reading several interesting books on Buddhism and Taoism that have helped me think about life in a more spiritual way, and also manage the multitude of obstacles that have been thrown in my path.

As I have said before, I rely heavily on my friends to put things in perspective and deal with problems, but I always go back to my philosophical roots.

The book on rebirth I have not started yet, but can’t wait. Some great Buddhist quotes that resonate with me are:

“The total amount of happiness in the world comes from trying to make others happy. The total amount of unhappiness in the world comes from trying to make yourself happy.” – Master Shantideva.

This quote is very meaningful as I try to always help others even in small ways, especially if it takes minimal effort on my part. The world could be a better place if we could all act like this.

The quote on the top by the same Buddhist scholar really helps me deal with stressful situations and issues:

“If you can solve a problem then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it then what is the use of worrying?” – Master Shantideva.

Hopefully other will find this helpful. Any recommendations on other books and quotes to live by are always appreciated!


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