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 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!