Friday, April 06, 2007

buddhism and the sharing attitude


since years i've been truly fascinated by the buddhist attitude towards life.
i also attended an introductory course to buddhism in a monastery here in italy, the place where the dalai lama stays when visiting my country.
and in my google page i linked to a site providing daily meditation thoughts.

i wish to share with you the one for today.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha


several reasons to do so:
  1. i feel we are part of a community even if a non declared one
  2. when something happens to one of "us" the support from the rest of the community is immediate and strong
  3. this community is based on the rule of sharing
  4. it goes beyond any personal believe
  5. it grows through the six degrees of separation rule (a link to another link to another link.....
  6. it's for a friend of "us" living a tough time
am i a bit too transcendental?


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Mario Vellandi said...

Gianandrea,
I've been a practicing Buddhist for the last 2 years. The philosophy is amazing and has given me the framework for better understanding myself and connecting to the world through loving kindness.

I think your points on community are good. The Mahayana and Tibetan traditions place a heavy emphasis on concern for others and positive interdevelopment. Without sharing, we would live in a world of attachment and materialistic greed, with no net contribution to the greater good.

Lewis said...

Gianandrea,

I've got a book for you: If you haven't yet read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," you must. It came out in the '70s and is a modern take on Zen Buddhism. It is especially a great read if you love adventures, travel and motorcycles.

CK said...

Thank you, bello. This is so articulate and special. This community has once again proven how much it believes in sharing and supporting one another...I feel blessed and have such amazing respect and honor for each of you. A rising tide indeed lifts all boats.

gianandrea said...

mario, i think that the wide diffusion of buddhism in the last years is mainly due to its ability to reconnect ourself to others, to launch a bridge between persons and culture.
lewis, i got it! i read the book several years ago. it's a great suggestion, anyway, to everyone willing to read something special.

gianandrea said...

ck, truly happy to see you back with us.
this is the kind of moment to evaluate how we live our life, with whom we share out time and our space.

Nomad in Milan said...

Hi Gianandrea, could you give me more info on the buddhist temple where you did the "course"? thanks!

gc

gianandrea said...

here it is nomad:

http://www.iltk.it/

i had an introductory course to buddhism a couple of summers ago.