Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Not About What We Get...

Over the next few days the Number One question most of us will be asked is, "What did you get?"

While the Christmas season is rooted in the Christian faith, a faith that teaches benevolent and charitable giving, the Buddha, too,  offered a succinct lesson in giving and getting.

When we give to others, we give without expectation of reward. We give without attachment to either the gift or the recipient. The practice of giving is thought to be one of the most basic human virtues, a testament to the depth of our humanity, and for Buddhists, one's capacity for self-transcendence.

So as we move gently out of the fray of holiday shopping and into the peace of Christmas, keep in mind that it is not about what you get, it is about what you give.

Have a joyful Christmas everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.

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