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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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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En berättelse om hemligheten med livet

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En framgångsrik affärsman, som funnit sitt liv tomt och meningslöst, sökte upp en välkänd Zenmästare, som han hört hade upptäckt hemligheten med livet. Den som var i besittning av denna visdom skulle kunna leva ett helt lyckligt och meningsfullt liv. Affärsmannen frågade Mästaren om han kunde avslöja sin hemlighet. Mästaren tog ett papper och skrev ner ordet “Uppmärksamhet“.

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Twelve strategies to increase your happiness

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We all carry within us a great potential for positive energy that can be expressed in friendship, love, compassion, appreciation of nature.

The most unhappy people often have difficulty accessing this positive energy. They believe that happiness should be given to them from outside and when they don’t receive it, they feel bitter and unfairly treated. And the more bitter they are, the more they encapsulate their own positive energy potential. It is important to reverse these viscious circles.

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