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Finding The Buddha In You

Pause a while. Stop everything or anything you are doing or going to do now. Just sit in a calm place. Be comfortable. You can settle down in a chair, a sofa or even lie down on your bed. Shut your eyes, but don`t sleep. Think. Ask yourself, ˜What is the purpose of my life? What is it that I want from this life? Do sensuous pleasures keep me happy forever? Donât I crave for more and ever more? Am I able to avoid pain and suffering that always accompany my life-long pursuit of power, money, and pleasure? How can I really avoid pain and suffering? Is there a way out? What is true happiness? What is the message of the Buddha, the Enlightened One, and how does it help me in my life? Can I actually find the same kind of awakening that will free me from this compulsive pursuit of sensual pleasures that ultimately subject me to untold pain and suffering? How do I go about finding it anyway?

 

To find answers, go read the story of the Buddha and see if you have in you the same spirit, the same urge for peace and for true happiness that spells freedom from suffering and pain. The Buddhas story is not long and tedious unless you want to make it so. It is not a fable. It is a true story of a prince of a Himalayan kingdom. It happened more than 2500 years ago, much before the story of Prophet Mohammed and even much Jesus Christ was born. It also gave birth to a new non-theistic religion, and more than that, a new philosophy of life that you, like many others, can adopt or adapt with considerable benefit, without sacrificing any of your own religious beliefs.

 

Prince Siddhartha, son of King Suddhodhana of Kapilavastu ( a kingdom that existed on the present India – Nepal border) lived a life of plenty, pleasure and palace-luxuries, well shielded from the outside world (where the common man experienced misery and poverty, pain and suffering, disease and death), till he attained the age of thirty. One night, however, he renounced his claim to succeed his father, his possessions and all his relatives including his young and pretty wife, who was fast asleep with their newborn son beside her. That night, he started on his journey to discover the life outside as well as the light within. After leading a frugal life, practicing intense meditation and self-mortification, sometimes depriving himself of any food, he realized that the better way to getting enlightenment lay neither in a life of luxury nor in a life of extreme deprivation but in adopting a middle path. He became the Buddha, the Fully Enlightened One.

 

As long as you crave for sensual pleasures, or your selfishness influences your way of thinking and determines your life’s goals, you only run after a mirage of happiness. If you wish for mental peace instead of agitation, physical rejuvenation instead of exhaustion, spiritual enrichment instead of impoverishment, resist your riotous temptations and stifle your selfishness. Still your anger and greed and jealousy and other negative emotions. Get into rendering selfless service and learn to be content.

 

Practice meditation. Mine the riches within, rather than pine for the pleasures without. Discover the land of eternal pleasure and unending happiness that is deep down within you, and when love and compassion adorn your personality, you wonât experience any misery or pain or suffering. You will then have unraveled the Buddha that lies in you.

Tai Chi Quang: A Regimen For Sound Health

Tai chi quang (also spelled as Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan) is one of the many popular martial arts. Hundreds of thousands of Chinese practice it regularly for fitness, good health and longevity. It improves blood circulation as well as of cosmic energy or Qi (or Chi), in which the Chinese place their trust for attaining sound health, both physical and mental. Most Chinese practitioners will also affirm that it develops or aids the cultivation of the spirit.

 

Unlike most other martial arts that adopt a hard style in that they use the stiffness and tension in the muscles, Tai chi quang is soft in its style. A relaxed natural body posture, deep and regular breathing, easy and even movements of legs and hands without the muscles being stiff or rigid, are all marks of this soft style. It strikes you with its grace and beauty of the slow and fluid motion routines that its practitioners display in Chinese public parks. In various countries around the world, you will witness the same thing every morning.

 

Tai chi quang has many variations and styles. Originally, nearly two hundred years ago in China, the Chen family taught the Yang family a system of Tai chi. This system has inspired the development of most of the modern styles that Tai chi schools use all over the world for training the learners. There are five main styles, each of which derives its name from the family, which taught it first. These families, namely, Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu Quanyuo and Sun (some of these have alternative names), lend their names to the five styles of Tai chi practiced in China and elsewhere. Several new styles have come into vogue now, but all of them are an offshoot of the old orthodox ones.

 

The main objectives of these schools are to make the students aware of the importance of balance in their own lives as well as of what sort of balance or imbalance that affects the others’ behavior. The students learn to harness Qi for improving the balance and harmony in their own lives and to defend themselves against those who, due to the imbalance resulting from the lack of proper Qi, attack them physically or verbally.

 

As a beginner, you can practice Tai chi with your bare hands. Moreover, you do not need any particular dress style. Advanced practitioners use weapons and prescribed dress styles. While practicing the martial art, you have to bear in mind three important aspects. One is about your posture. It should be natural and relaxed. Your breathing should be regular and deep. The second is about your mind. It should be peaceful and calm while being alert. The third is regarding your body and its movements. You should let your body weight be on the waist and legs. Your hand and leg movements should be free, without any tension or rigidity, slow and graceful.

 

If you practice Tai chi quang regularly, you will experience energy surging through your entire being, your stress levels fall to near zero and you will never have any trouble sleeping well. In times of need, you can defend yourself. You will also experience spiritual gains. More than anything else, Tai chi quang, as its practitioners tell you, will bestow upon you sound health and, consequently, longevity.