Advice for my daughters

Don’t cause your own suffering by getting overly involved with what you see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or think.

Make friends with reliable people, do not be swayed by folks just because they are popular or charismatic.

The hustle and bustle of big cities might seem attractive, it moves quickly there. Try not to get caught up in it.

Learn to appreciate the quiet places of the earth. Go out and listen to mother nature from time to time.

Try to enjoy things, take your time. Be moderate in the things you want, learn to control your desires.

Pay attention to your body, but don’t become infatuated with it. Your body is impermanent and you must maintain it if you want it to work well for you.

Maintain your mind as well; it is not separate from your body. Do not dwell in unhappy thoughts. Sharpen your mind like a razor, do not allow yourself to get fooled by your identity or another.

Don’t be stuck up, comprehensively understand that you are interconnected with everyone and everything else in the universe. If you understand this teaching, you will be well and happy.

Inspired by:

the Rahula Sutra


Barry said...

Good advice for all of us!
- Barry

SlowZen said...

Thanks Barry!

I think so too.

Yamakoa said...

I am speechless. I hope you don't mind, but I shared this with my daughter tonight. We were both moved.
I think I have learned more from her than she will ever learn from me. It has not always been easy. I helped bring my daughter into this world while I was 17 years old and still in high school. That was 17 years ago. The forecast back then was all gloomy. No sunshine or laughter. Yet, together (my daughter and I) we keep moving forward and finding laughter and happiness.

Thank you from all fathers and daughters.
Head bowed to the floor and laughing all the way,

Carol said...

Hi Jordan,

Great advice and wonderful pictures you've posted on previous entries. Haven't stopped by in a while but think I'll blog a bit tonight to give people a perspective on Ike.



SlowZen said...

Yamakoa, thank you for your comments, and your efforts as a father.


SlowZen said...

Mom, read your post. I will post something over there in the AM. Thanks for wandering in! Glad you could still find the place :)


Curator said...

I enjoyed reading this, its strange that the more I learn of Buddhism the more it seems like ive been living my life or at least trying to like a buddhist since I was born,lol...guess thats why even being raised christian, I believe people of any faith can learn allot from buddhism.

SlowZen said...

Glad you enjoyed the post!

Jesus may have been a Buddhist :)

Take care,

Thanks for looking!