“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” ~Dalai Lama
Originating in the 6th Century BCE, Buddhism is one of the oldest religious philosophies still practiced today. One of the most fundamental aspects and lesser known of Buddhist teachings is that it encourages its followers not to believe in the teachings, but rather to interpret, explore and test truths against their own life experience. The emphasis here lives within the sphere of exploration.
All life paths are unique to the individual. Some suffer undue hardships throughout their entire lives, while others seem to rise to the top, receiving and achieving everything they desire. Some try and fail over and over again and never succeed at personal goals. Many are born into the world with physical ailments which are completely out of their control, though this doesn’t mean that they live poor lives.
This is life, the principal remains the same; life is not perfect. I believe it is perfectly imperfect. Many people continue to suffer and struggle and are left unsatisfied in a vain attempt to make life perfect. We must rise above this; remain still within the heart and mind, realizing that simply living life can bring about more happiness than ever thought.
Compassion, kindness and ethical conduct are core principals of my life. Though this hasn’t always been my outlook, I’ve come to this place through experiencing and exploring life uniquely, as only I could do within my own sphere of existence and interpretation. Perfection, to me, is an impossibility. There is nothing to measure perfection against because nothing is perfect, therefore how could anyone attain perfection?
As we travel through the sphere of exploration, we must attune the heart and mind to simple and unseen beauty. We must lift the rock, but not look under it. Instead, we must look at the bottom of the rock, inside its grooves and pores. We must part the leaves of the tree, and search within the stem.
Compassion is the explorer’s compass. Search not for perfection, instead seek truth within all creation. It will always be changing, moving and living, but always be there for you to find. It is only you who can find it, and only then will it be a perfect discovery.
“The true value of existence is revealed through compassion.” ~Dalai Lama