Onwards And Upwards

Onwards And UpwardsHaving the strength to take on the challenges of everyday life is not always easy. Chanting my heart out does it for me, as we’ve discussed before, but this quote from Daisaku Ikeda sums up the reality of the situation very nicely …

No matter what the circumstances, you should never concede defeat. Never conclude that you’ve reached a dead end, that everything is finished. You possess a glorious future. And precisely because of that, you must persevere and study.

Life is eternal. We need to focus on the two existences of the present and the future and not get caught up in the past. We must always have the spirit to begin anew “from this moment,” to initiate a new struggle each day.

~ Daisaku Ikeda

Leaving the feelings and fears of the past behind us, we can forge on into a bright, exciting, and fruitful future.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. iamjustanidea
    Oct 05, 2012 @ 22:56:37

    Hello Anupadin,
    My name is Chris and I and walking a path where I am trying to rediscover my spirituality. Buddhism is something I am very interested in and I am at a low point in my life and this post has really spoken to me. I would just like to thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement.

    P.S. I just started following you today but your post are very uplifting for me. So please keep it up!

    -IAmJustAnIdea a.k.a. Chris

    Reply

    • Anupadin
      Oct 05, 2012 @ 23:25:05

      Hi Chris,

      When I was where you are today, I chanced to hear an audiobook version of The Buddha, Geoff and Me by Eddy Canfor-Dumas. Apart from being a really good story, it completely changed my life.

      You can listen to it here …

      https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=AE026BEE5A6D276F!677&authkey=!AHWcxL5W74pkx_c

      I hope it has the same effect on you as it had on me.

      I will try to keep up the quality of the posts, but remember, your happiness is your own responsibility, unless you devolve it to someone else, in which case you must expect them to hurt you at times, even if it’s unintentional.

      Namaste,

      Anupadin aka Richard

      Reply

      • iamjustanidea
        Oct 06, 2012 @ 00:06:08

        Thanks Richard!
        I will definitely listen to the audio book. I am meeting with some of the local Buddhist here in Las vegas, nv, I have a friend who wants to help me along my path of enlightenment. I look forward to conversations to be had because I am sure i will have tons of questions.

        Be well,
        – IAmJustAnIdea

      • Anupadin
        Oct 06, 2012 @ 00:11:05

        Remember, there is no path to happiness, happiness is the path.

        Be happy Chris

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