Thursday, February 15, 2007

In Spite of It All

More words from the Buddhist tradition.

The ocean of suffering is immense, but if you turn around, you can see the land. The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.

When one tree in the garden is sick, you have to care for it. But don't overlook all the healthy trees. Even while you have pain in your heart, you can enjoy the many wonders of life--the beautiful sunset, the smile of a child the many flowers and trees.

To suffer is not enough. Please don't be imprisoned by your suffering. If you have experienced hunger, you know that food is a miracle. If you have suffered from the cold, you know the preciousness of warmth.

When you have suffered, you know how to appreciate the elements of paradise that are present.

If you dwell only in your suffering, you will miss paradise. Don't ignore your suffering, but don't forget to enjoy the wonders of life, for you sake and for the benefit of other beings.

(The Heart of Buddha's Teachings)

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