5 Spiritual Lessons from Buddhist Monks on Harmony And Success 88

spiritual lessons from buddhist monks

This is a guest post by Lesley Vos – a writer, working as a private educator and blogger. She holds a Bachelor’s from University of Chicago, loves travels, coffee, red color, and inspiring quotes. She writes for Bid4Papers, trying to share writing experience with students and people who need it. You can find her on Twitter.

The moment comes when every man has to overcome a crisis. And this moment has come to me.

I was lost. No friends, no dream job, no family, and no ideas what to do next. I felt the need of journey to change my life. I mean changing my attitude to life.

And I went to Kalmykia.

I wanted to talk to Buddhists about the way to success.

I do love the way to Elista! Its prairies are like carpets or light scarves, which can be raised for tips and swung, straightening all minor wrinkles. A prairie is infinite, and you have time to think, surrounded by this infinity. A prairie is a harmony, and you become balanced, surrounded by this harmony.

For me, it is a philosophy of life and attitude to the world. A man of any religion can be a Buddhist. So this direction to searches is open to everyone.

Khurul is a temple as well as a monastery. Women can’t sleep there, and everyone should go barefoot and move clockwise inside. Elista has two monasteries: one is grand and new, surrounded by a large park with fountains; another one is quiet, far away from the city.

The lessons I’ve learned after the meeting with Buddhist monks seem obvious, but they were important for me to understand and accept the essentials in life. Here are the 5 of them I consider truly inspiring that may help you find a direction:

5 Important Things Buddhist Monks Taught Me

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Spiritual Lesson #1: Everyone can be successful.

At least that’s what Buddhist teachings tell us.

Peace of mind, while working and communicating with people, will give you the advantage of clarity and perception. You will get the ability to see the whole picture of this world. The ability to contemplate, which is required to discover oneself, will help you assess many processes.

I met the volunteer who had helped the temple organize teachers’ visits for five years already. The light turned off (it happened all the time), and we walked in the dark, discussing the life of monks. Monk Sanan had been studying in India for 15 years, never lost any philosophical disputes, and invited us to see a ritual in the old temple.

It was quiet and peaceful inside, and a small space allowed to focus on my feelings. I noticed a memo about five disruptive feelings, twenty accompanied ones, and eleven positive feelings there.

Affection, ignorance, anger, envy, and pride destroy us. Distraction and inattention accompany those feelings, but the strongest passion is affections. If you get rid of them, your pain will disappear.

People worry about something they are involved in, something they consider their own, and they don’t care about anyone else. The main thing is not to worry.

On the wall of the temple, I’ve found a small woven scroll with the inscription:

“Never give up
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country is spent
Developing the mind instead of the heart.
Be compassionate not just to your friends but to everyone
Be compassionate.
Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Work for peace and I say again
Never give up.
No matter what is happening,
No matter what is going on around you, Never give up.”
~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It was the words I needed so much.

Spiritual Lesson #2: “My” and “I” make your life miserable.

As soon as you become attached to something, you wilt. Your business, your project, your car – they all kill you.

Analyze what makes you nervous and angry. Be able to look at those things as if they were abstract objects. You will become stronger and happier, and the help from the outside world will come by itself.

The same comes with desires. When you want something, you are tied to this desire. You dwell on it, and this energy prevents its accomplishment.

Probably it’s true, although I always ask the universe to fulfill my wish. And as far as we know, one should have a strong desire if he or she wants it to come true. One way or another, wish and release. I think, this is what Buddhists monks have in mind.

Spiritual Lesson #3: Don’t go too far in search of the truth.


Buddhism is a religion, so it should have something in common with others.

There are parishioners, abbots, offerings, services, and everything else in Buddhism, too. Yes, sometimes it is necessary to mud consciousness for making discoveries, but do not allow anyone else to mud your mind.

There is no general problem solver, and the best search is your way. Try the experience of others for new visions, but do not forget to put your clothes. Do not become a fan of a single principle, subjecting your actions to it.

Spiritual Lesson #4: Listen, think and act.

I do not think the abbot is happy. At least, he did not seem so. He said that Buddhist monks had no families and business, and it turned out they had nothing.

I don’t consider the absence of sufferings happiness. Probably, the peace of mind and heart is a step toward happiness. First, you look for your way; then you reach a peace of mind, and only after that you are ready to become happy. You open your heart to the world, so it could give you something that makes you happy.

Use the principle of “listening, thinking, action”. Entrepreneurs fail when they wait for profit and if they don’t analyze the chain of events. Listen and think if you want to set a right path.

Spiritual Lesson #5: Have fun.

Keep a sense of humor even if everyone waits for your prophetic speeches and actions. Joy and laughter make the heart softer and help to overcome any obstacles.

Chekhov wrote about it. Many people criticized him, but he remained in history. And who would argue with the fact Chekhov was right?

These are the 5 most important lessons I learned from that life-changing experience. But it wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t with an open mind, ready to learn new things and without any expectations.

And you can do the same. Life is full of spiritual lessons, you just need to notice them, and learn from them.
What is your lesson for harmony and success? Who has taught you it, or where have you got it?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.


Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.