live in joy

Laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha

Live in Joy, In love,
Even among those who hate.

Live in joy, In health,
Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy, In peace,
Even among the troubled.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

~

There is no fire like greed,
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger of heart,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.

Health, contentment and trust
Are your greatest possessions,
And freedom your greatest joy.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

from the Dhammapada, Words of the Buddha

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3 Responses to live in joy

  1. Jaymie says:

    Wonderful, thank you for sharing this. Is it from one of the books you are reading/read?

  2. indirectly it is from Eat, Pray, Love & The Mindful Way through Depression. both have me googling different aspects of buddhism, yoga, mindfulness, etc. i stumbled across this writing somewhere online. it is from one of the buddhist scriptures, Dhammapada, which is attributed to the Buddha himself. all i can say is that it spoke to me. i’m trying very hard to respond to my gut/my heart/my instincts–whatever you want to call it. and this did it for me. it still does. look at that! i mean really. it resonates the whole being human thing. really.

  3. Jaymie says:

    Awesome, I agree. Eat, Pray, Love was a wonderful read – I’ll have to look for the other at my local library.

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