My path to Buddhism

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When I started to write this blog a year ago, most of my focus was on various aspects of creativity, including creative leadership. However, soon I found myself writing more and more on issues concerning personal development, often reflecting on how our ego and obsession with the material aspects of life get in the way of our growth as human beings. I cannot explain this shift in writing as it was non-intentional, but I found myself more and more making references to Buddhist ideas, as the ethical and philosophical aspects of Buddhism have always had a special appeal to me. However, I had never made any serious efforts to go beneath the surface of Buddhism.

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Min väg mot buddhismen

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När jag började skriva den här bloggen för ett år sedan var mitt huvudsakliga fokus ägnat åt olika aspekter av kreativitet, inklusive kreativt ledarskap. Men jag fann mig snart skriva mer och mer om frågor rörande personlig utveckling, inte sällan med reflektioner om hur vårt ego och besatthet av de materiella aspekterna av livet kommer i vägen för vår utveckling som människor. Jag kan inte förklara denna glidning i mitt skrivande eftersom det inte var avsiktligt, men jag fann att jag mer och mer gjorde referenser till buddhistiska idéer, då de etiska och filosofiska aspekterna av buddhismen alltid har haft en särskild lockelse hos mig. Jag hade emellertid aldrig gjort några allvarliga ansträngningar att dyka djupare ner i Buddhismen.

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Finding meaning in life

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A young man who had lost his inspiration in life, went to an old and wise man and asked how he could get back his spark of life. The wise man thought for a while and then said “I know what to do, but I think it could be too difficult for you“. The young man replied that he was desperate and would do whatever the wise man suggested.

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Att hitta meningen i livet

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En ung man som hade tappat inspirationen i sitt liv sökte upp en gammal och vis man och frågade hur han kunde få tillbaka sin livsgnista. Den vise mannen tänkte efter en stund och sa sedan ”Jag vet hur du ska göra, men jag tror att det kan bli för svårt för dig”. Den unge mannen svarade att han var desperat och skulle göra precis som den vise mannen föreslog.

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A story about the secret of life

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A successful businessman, who was finding his life empty and lacking meaning, went to a well-known Zen Master, whom he had heard had discovered the secret of life. Anyone in possession of this wisdom would be able to lead a fully happy and meaningful life. The businessman asked the Master if he could reveal his secret. The Master took a piece of paper and wrote down the word “Attention”.

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