5 Spiritual Lessons from Buddhist Monks on Harmony And Success

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.

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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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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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