Hey, don’t let the title scare you off. Buddhism was once a part of my life. When I was in prison, ***wait, yes I was really incarcerated here in this awful state of South Carolina. The topic of religion is very popular today. Not for any spiritual reasons though. Today, religion is all about Money, Money, and more Money. My point is, we’re taught to believe in specifics and to completely disregard other religions; only worship “our own”, religion. These different religions are like gangs, right? But, I’m confused because isn’t it the Lord’s religion to begin with and when did he ever specify which group or gang to be in?
With that being said, I’ve been an optimist my entire life regarding religion. I’ve researched all different types of religions but not in depth. However, when I was in prison, it got boring when I wasn’t slaving in the kitchen for South Carolina. I would like to share some of what I’ve researched because I don’t think the Buddhist beliefs are so bad. I’m not dedicated to any religion. I BELIEVE IN THE GOD THAT CREATED THE HUMAN RACE. …… “whoever that may be”
THE BUDDHIST WAY: instructions of life
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
Follow the the R’s: respect for self, respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend sometime alone everyday.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and look back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Do not deal with the past.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
“Let Go” of the individuals whom bring you down.
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Lacey C Riley