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Buddhadharma : Spring 2011
35 spring 2 01 1 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly The human mind is always searching for possessions and never feels fulfilled. This causes impure actions ever to increase. Bodhisattvas, however, always remember the principle of having few desires. They live a simple life in peace in order to practice the way and consider the realization of perfect understanding as their only career. —The Sutra on the Eight Realizations of the Great Beings The BuDDha saiD that craving is like holding a torch against the wind; the fire will burn you. when someone is thirsty and drinks only salty water, the more he drinks, the thirstier he becomes. if we run after money, for example, we think that a certain amount of money will make us happy. But once we have that amount, it’s not enough; we think we need more. There are people who have a lot of money, but they are not happy at all. The Buddha said that the object of our craving is like a bone without flesh. a dog can chew and chew on that bone and never feel satisfied. we all experience moments when we feel lonely, sad, empty, frustrated, or afraid. we fill up our feelings with a Happiness in every Breath When we stop feeding our cravings, says Thich nhat Hanh, we discover that we already have everything we need to be happy. photo ian KoH JenniferBrinkman