Had a magical experience...
After checking in to the Buddhist Temple here in New Delhi, I found out today is the Buddha’s birthday, a very auspicious day and cause for great celebration.
It’s believed he was born 2,562 years ago today, and I had no idea before arriving. What timing.
In honor of the Buddha’s birth, the monks living here and lay practitioners prepared a ton of food for the community.
Then, this evening they offered a special prayer service, which included a dharma talk from Geshe Dorji Damdul, the former longtime translator of Dalai Lama and a very significant figure in Tibetan Buddhism.
Geshe reminded us that “all phenomena arises from causes, and all causes begin with our thoughts…”
In other words, what we think about we bring about.
It was exactly what I needed to hear exactly when I needed it.
All I have to do is stay focused on the positive rather than the negative - meaning show kindness, avoid anger, and stay in a state of appreciation - and I’ll be a happy...
And other people will be happy too...
Because one of the greatest gifts we can give others is to be happy ourselves.