Buddha Dharma can be practiced by anyone
* Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
* Leave the past alone, do not worry about the future, do not cling to the present and you will achieve calm.
* Being neither jealous nor greedy, being without desires, and remaining the same under all circumstances, this is nobility.
* Do not overestimate what you have received, nor ever envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
* He who has tasted the sweetness of solitude and tranquility becomes free from fear and free from sin.
Buddhism is not learning about strange beliefs from faraway lands. It is about looking at and thinking about our own lives. It shows us how to understand ourselves and how to cope with our daily problems. Buddha dharma can be practiced by any one.
It is the universal truth. Buddhism is the science of mind to understand self and it is a philosophy. Simplicity is important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have is vital. Many are making a great effort to control external things- like arms control. Nevertheless, without being able to control inner things, how can you control external things?
Real arms control is to control anger. Now I am talking as a human being, not as a Buddhist monk. This I think is most important, because ideology and religion are for human beings, not the other way round. They are secondary. Emphasis should be on humanity. My religion is very simple- my religion is kindness.
There is so much effort spent on external matters, like space travel. However, there is still quite a big area of inner space left to explore. Moreover, it is not expensive! People think patience is weakness. I think not. Anger comes from fear, and fear from weakness. Therefore, if you have strength then you have more courage. This is where patience comes from. Deep down we must have real affection to each other, a clear recognition of our shared humanity. We are all interdependent. At the same time, we must accept all ideologies and systems as a means of solving humanity’s problems.
The centre of the wheel are the three poisons, Anger, Passion and Ignorance represented by three animals pig, cockerel and a snake. Pig represents ignorance, cockerel represents passion and the snake represents anger. It is these three forces that drives us in to the karmic movement. Surrounding the hub is a circle divided into white and black. The white half represents higher state and the black half represents to lower state. The wheel of life itself is divided into six samsaric realms.