One of the more popular branch of Buddhism is none other than Zen Buddhism followed by Tibetan Buddhism, perhaps it is the idea of simplicity of the Japanese culture that makes it so much more relaxing. Famous western people embracing Buddhism are the late Steve Jobs, Steven Seagal, Richard Gere, Tina Turner, Orlando Bloom, Tiger Woods and more.
Personally, I do not categorize Buddhism as a religion, some may disagree and that is the beauty of Buddhism, you will not be punished for being wrong. Reason being that they do not mention God, the creator of this universe and more often than not, their scripture is nothing more than a guide on how to end suffering. In short, what is Buddhism? I believe it is the only “religion” that promotes ‘the way of life’.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
What they think, they become.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. They ourselves must walk the path.
The tongue like a sharp knife… Kills without drawing blood.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth, not going all the way and not starting.
Anger Management And The Lotus Flower
Having anger management issues? If you’ve been to the Buddhist temple, you will notice that Buddha is meditating on top of a Lotus flower, here’s why – The lotus flower represents a symbol of calmness, peace and holiness in Buddhism.
Lotus flower grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. The second meaning, which is related to the first is purification. It resembles the purifying of the spirit which is born into murkiness. The third meaning refers to faithfulness. Those who are working to rise above the muddy waters will need to be faithful followers. Happy Wesak / Vesak Day.