Transformation cannot be done without great knowledge. As a matter of fact, principles of Buddhist wisdom can permanently change everything.
Relying on your own knowledge helps you understand many things about your life, this is true.
But, your own human knowledge will fall short. If you’re still young, your wisdom is limited even more so.
Learning from your elders is one way of bringing about great transformations, but there is basic knowledge as well, hidden in the words of Buddhist wisdom. Here are 12 great principles to help you grow.
1. Compassion is key
In order to fully realize your humanity, you must know compassion. In Buddhism, compassion is a respected quality. This compassion is one thing that can transform your life because it’s not about doing the right thing or about helping the world. It’s something much more than that.
The first thing you must understand is that compassion is needed to find inner peace. This inner peace is the key to surviving past traumas or healing from wounds. The other thing you must remember about compassion is that it teaches you to be understanding or have a desire to understand why people do certain things.
Everyone is basically good and it’s imperative to always look for that good in those individuals. Knowing these things and feeling them deep within, will help us avoid the pain of not understanding other’s actions. This, in itself, is a weight lifted off our shoulders.
Most importantly, compassion helps us connect with others. In this, we experience the most powerful joys. There are many reasons to practice compassion, and you should always treat others as you would want them to treat you. At first, this may seem hard, but after a while, it will be extremely rewarding.
2. Making healthy connections
To realize greater awakening, a “sanga” practices peace. The “sanga”, according to Buddhist beliefs is a group of people, usually consisting of laymen, laywomen, monks, and nuns who meet together to endulge in these practices.
This principle of connection and community is something that people all over the world can benefit from learning. Although people everywhere come together, their goals are usually for monetary gain or for obtaining power.
Rarely do groups of people, especially in the western world, gather together to attain peace, wisdom, and happiness.
The “sanga” can be seen as a symbol in our lives, of the expression of totality. It is simply a perception of life, maybe different from our own, but still highly relatable.
Learning to form connections with others is empowering. Whether its a few people or a large group, these connections will nourish you and the relationships you form. These connections will greatly transform your life over time.
Being completely awake is underrated, yet one of the most powerful states of being. To see life, without the veil of lies, confusion or deception is to live with your eyes wide open.
It’s about mindfulness and being able to pay attention to detail. Every part of your life will change drastically when you learn to be awake, aware and without filter. It’s just as simple as seeing things for what they truly are, and learning to make decisions according to that discovery.
Now, starting today, try to live fully awake. You will start to overcome great adversity and find the purest joy when you truly open your eyes. You will also learn some of life’s greatest lessons when you learn to live in the present moment.
4. In the deep
Nothing takes you to peace and happiness quite like living a deep life. This is where you are aware of the importance of things like nature and humanity.
Now that you are awake and you see the world, look at it in a deeper way, see its true nature.Why? Because to live in this way is to gradually become aware of the true nature of the world. These feelings and realizations will come in sections.
You will see your interconnectedness and your impermanence, which means the natural changes of death and birth.
Buddhism and many other spiritual practices use this principle as a foundation for beliefs. The ultimate realization has fragments, or sections, that cannot be understood in tradition but must be taken apart with open eyes and become a deep well for those thoughts.
Peace will come as you realize the natural “qualities of the ultimate“. We will be able to enjoy every moment of life, utilizing even the negative moments to promote healing.
5. Change the world, and yourself
Helping others is important, but you cannot do this unless you help yourself first. It’s not selfishness, it’s a Buddhist principle. Now, this doesn’t mean gaining riches to help others, its more than material aspects.
We are all connected, as you know, so when you do well for yourself, physically, spiritually and mentally, you can be a positive example to the rest of the world. One false belief will try to convince you that it’s “you” or it’s “them” which must fall short.
This is a common deception. The truth is, by making things about you, you are also including them when you understand these principles.
So, take care of you and then help others as well. It’s a simple principle that will change you and others, this will cause a wave of likewise actions and decision, with you setting the example.
6. Accept death
The Western world hates to talk about death. To them, it is creepy and avoided at all turns. Sometimes, we even pretend that death is not even an option.
The truth is, we can find great peace by facing our impermanence. Knowing and understanding death can help us lead better lives in our knowledge of interconnectedness. Here’s a strange tidbit: In Buddhism, “meditating on a corpse” was a normal practice for students in many sects.
These students actually think about a corpse and imagine each process of decomposition, all the way until the end of the transformation.
Although this seems a little extreme, it helps the students to understand their own mortality and find peace in the truth of death. Ignoring the fact that you certainly will die is unhealthy.
Now, you don’t have to meditate on a corpse like the Buddhist students, but opening yourself up about death in some fashion will prove beneficial to your mental health. Allowing yourself to accept death will bring greater joy for everyday life.
You will appreciate the here and now by understanding what awaits us all. The world will open up in an amazing way when you learn these things.