Thursday, December 13, 2007

Daily Dharma: The Hand We Are Dealt

Today's Daily Dharma from Tricycle:

The Hand We Are Dealt

The Buddha's maps for the journey to wisdom and happiness are attractive to many people because they are so simple. Essentially, he taught that it doesn't make sense to upset ourselves about what is beyond our control. We don't get a choice about what hand we are dealt in this life. The only choice we have is our attitude about the cards we hold and the finesse with which we play our hand.

When the Buddha taught his ideas twenty-five hundred years ago, many people understood him so well as soon as they heard him that they were happy ever after. The people who didn't understand him immediately needed to practice meditation, and then they understood.

- Sylvia Boorstein, It's Easier Than You Think; from Everyday Mind, a Tricycle book edited by Jean Smith.

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