Buddhism is the heart and soul of Sri Lanka. Although we are a happily multicultural tropical island nation, it is Buddhism that is the cornerstone of life for three-quarters of our population.

Many visitors and tourists come to experience first hand our Buddhist cultural heritage, particularly among the magnificent ruins of ancient cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, and the Dambulla cave temple masterpiece.

But how many of them truly appreciate what lies at the core of our Buddhist philosophy? The teachings and ‘life hacks’, to coin the modern parlance, that underpin it?

A good starting point might be The Power of Ideas, the ideapod.com blog that includes ‘11 Life Lessons From Buddha That Will Rock Your World (And Make You Much Happier!)’:

Guatam Buddha is at the center of Buddhist teachings, and his words of wisdom have been passed down over the millennia through oral teachings and written records.

Buddha embodied the spirit of peace, acceptance, and non-attachment to material possessions, and through his messages we can come to a better understanding of our spiritual and emotional selves.

“When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.”

There is a sharp contrast between unconditional love and emotions that are based on our ego’s needs and desires. By learning to understand the true meaning of what love is, we can appreciate the beauty and power it brings to our lives.

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

The truth cannot be hidden from those who seek it. No matter what life throws at you or what manipulations you have to deal with from others, eventually the true nature of a situation will always be revealed.

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”      

Modern society places such an emphasis on material possessions that we tend to measure our level of success by the amount of money we have or how others perceive us. However, a peaceful life can only be achieved by acknowledging who you are within.

There is more. Read it for yourself here.

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