What’s Really Holding You Back from Happiness? – Learn how a 14th century Buddhist text lays the groundwork for a very powerful perspective on how we can become more present and more authentically joyful in our daily lives.
#dalailama His Holiness the DaLai Lama reciting a Buddhist text at the Chaanda Devi Caves where the Indian philosopher Nagarjuna meditated in Sirpur, Chattisgarh, India on January 14, 2014. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)
Some 2,500 years ago the Buddhist text, the Avatamsaka Sutra, described the cosmos allegorically through the imagery of Indra’s net. In the heavenly abode of the deity Indra, there was cast an infinite net reaching in all directions, and at each node point in the net there was a jewel, each reflecting the light of all the others—infinitely. Should any jewel be touched, each of the infinite other jewels would instantly be affected, presaging Bell’s theorem that everything is interconnected...
“We are what we think, having become what we thought,” begins the collection of verse entitled the Dhammapada, the most accessible of ancient Buddhist texts. This emphasis on the state of our minds is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Buddhist approach. on goop.com. http://goop.com/meditation/