Posts Tagged ‘buddhism’

Living the Dharma

August 17th, 2010

From the magazine ‘Dharma Nectar’ Vol 28 / 2009, I quote the head of the Kagyu sect of Buddhism, Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, on the following about “Living the Dharma”…

Generally when most people try to practice Dharma, or say that they practice Dharma they sometimes understand it as a ritual, something that you do with your body, your speech, or through special actions or activities. And if that is the case, then you need to devote special time for that activity.

However if you look deeply, the Dharma is not only that. Dharma is not a ritual. It is not something you do with your body and speech. It is actually something that transforms your mind.

You do not need to find special time for this kind of Dharma practice. You can do this form of practice even while you engage in your profession, your work. It involves reflecting on your aspirations, your way of thinking, and how you can act and react. When you change that, along with how you relate to other people – through your reactions and connections – you become aware of what you are doing. Examining that and then working in this was is, I think, a very important kind of Dharma Practice.

In my life I feel that I am becoming increasingly busy. I feel that the time I have for sadhana practices and meditation is steadily decreasing. These days I meet many people and try to help them. My practice generally revolves around my way of thinking and how I actually live my life. I try to live my life with the intention of benefiting other beings. I look at my mind and my intentions, and see whether or not my priority is the happiness of others. At this time that is essentially my main practice.

When I was young I spent a lot of time reciting prayers and doing meditation both morning and evening. Each time I would spend about one hour on these prayers. However these days I meet many people with whom I make loving connections.

Therefore when I am awake, when I am eating, or even when I am asleep, I think about the people who I meet. These people appear in front of me, whether close to me or within my mind, and so I feel that I am not separated fro them. Therefore I feel that my practice, “living the Dharma”, is more vibrant and filled with direct feelings. It is not like simply doing prayers when one does not have living people to connect with. So the practice I do nowadays has become alive and real because I am directly dealing with people who are actually there and with whom I have a relationship.

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Buddhism and Network Marketing: Success Principles

August 7th, 2010

To assimilate the first four articles in this series, please start here.

To generate Boddhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) is like climbing up a flight of stairs. We must begin slowly at the foot of the stairs. Much like your position when you enter network marketing.

It does not matter whether you have been incredibly successful or an utter failure in the past. As a networker you start at the bottom of the stairs and everyone has true equal opportunity.

Can we make it to the top? We have to think.

With the progressive stages of practice we still need to consider whether the basis and root of practice accord with the Dharma. Likewise as a networker, unless our practices accord with the universal principles of success, making it to the top is questionable.

So what are these universal principles of success? The Sakhya school’s Oral Pith Instructions of renunciation say, “Those who still have attachment to this life cannot be qualified as practitioners.” From this we can see that being free from attachment to this life is the correct attitude in Dharma practice.

As to the criterion for having abandoned this life we have to generate genuine aversion to the eight worldly concerns. And they are: Gain, Loss, Fame, Disgrace, Praise, Blame, Pleasure and Pain.

“What on earth!” you say. What am I in network marketing for if not gain, fame, praise and pleasure? Isn’t this what I bear all the pain and disgrace for? For they are temporary while gain, fame, praise and pleasure are permanent for a successful networker. How can I forsake these four foundations and where does that take me?

Well, here’s the good news. Network marketing is not about generating Boddhicitta. It is thus really an easier option to living a full life.

The success principles here are about (1) Giving – give without an expectation of return. (2) Clearing – clear up the things you don’t want to make room for the things you do want. (3) Creative visualization – create a clear mental picture of what you do want and speak it into existence by writing it down and repeating twice daily. (4) Enthusiasm – be one with the God within. Enthusiasm comes from the latin root en-theos (God inside).

These are the four universal success principles that apply to every successful network marketing professional. For more on this read my book on network marketing success at www.ArriveAtSuccess.info

With inputs from ‘Dharma Nectar’ Vol 24 / 2005

Buddhism and Network Marketing: The Third Jewel, ‘Sangha’

August 6th, 2010

To catch up on the first three articles in this series, please start reading here.

Strictly speaking the term Sangha refers only to the assembly of people who have attained certain levels of realization. However the Buddha said that when there is a gathering of four bhikshus it is equivalent to having the Buddha present and it can be called a Sangha a respected so.

This is much like associating with network marketing leadership at weekly and monthly meetings or events. Or even a home meeting of four or more networkers constitutes a pretty picture of network marketing in a positive spirit and moving ahead.

“The Sangha are our spiritual friends on the path to enlightenment”, says the 17th Karmapa of the Kagyu sect. “As I learned from the Chinese classic Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art Of War’, friends are as important as comrades in times of war. We will need to depend on many friends throughout our lives and it cannot be overstressed that we especially need assistance from our Dharma friends (read as, network marketing community), lifetime after lifetime, as we walk the path toward the attainment of omniscient Buddhahood.”

If we do not maintain pure thoughts and good conduct even if we are in the company of a holy being we will be unable to benefit from it. On the other hand if we have a bad companion but are diligent practitioners with mindfulness and correct views, we will not be influenced by his bad habits and could even earn some merit from the situation!

Now if you look at how this applies to network marketing you will notice that nobody becomes successful alone. It is by leaning on a Sangha and respecting principles of teamwork alone does one continue to build teams.

Three core principles of such teamwork are Edification, Counseling and No Crosslining. Attending more and more meetings makes it clearer and clearer how the Sangha plays its role. The Dharma creates the inner awakening through CDs and books. While the Buddha is the mentor and the ‘blossoming’ that he facilitates.

These are the three jewels and how they play their parts. Click here to keep company with successful network marketers and gain expert advice. In the next article I will explain four Buddhist lineage practices – four common foundations… are they common really?

Buddhism and Network Marketing: The Second Jewel, ‘Dharma’

August 5th, 2010

In case you missed the first two articles in this series, please start reading here.

The Dharma is very important because although we take refuge in the Buddha, he does not have the power to save us from samsara by pulling us up with his own hands. If this were possible he would have done it and samsara would have been emptied a long time ago. We have to walk the path ourselves and achieving the ultimate liberation is completely down to us.

Similar is the case with network marketing. While the systems and companies are set up to ensure success, few people succeed because it calls for taking personal responsibility for your business. You don’t ‘join’ network marketing… you ‘own’ a networking business. And then you ‘teach’ others the process to ‘own’ theirs.

Let me tell you a story related by the Dharma Nectar magazine. Once upon a time there was this master who had many disciples, monasteries and Buddhist institutions and his Dharma activities spread far and wide. People would come around to ask him questions even on the most trivial matters. The master was quite troubled by this and as time went on the master was only solving people’s problems.

Some disciples were worried and asked him, “Master you are so busy these days… if your activities continue to prosper won’t you have more headaches?” The master replied, “It’s still manageable… one day if I get tired of it I’ll move to Mount Everest.”

Matters did not improve so he moved to Everest but since it has many tourists they soon became disciples and troubled him with lots of questions. The master thought… all right then, I’ll move to the moon. However more and more foreigners began to land on the moon and what made matters even worse was that along with disciples now there were a multitude of strangers as well! Eventually he became internationally renowned!

Finally the master thought of a solution. He told his students “The real guru cannot be found outside of you. The real guru is always present in your own mind. So if you have any questions ask your inner guru.”

That’s how the master solved his problem once and for all… and so did the Buddha, by leaving us his precious teachings – the Dharma.

The Dharma is representative of the Buddha. When you listen to the Dharma teachings it is equivalent to the Buddha speaking directly to you. Just like when you plug yourself into a network marketing training program you get yourself the path to the inner guru.

This is the key to duplication in network marketing… which leads to ‘international recognition’ and eventual success. Plug yourself into online network marketing education now! And move on to read about the third jewel (Sangha) and its secrets…

Buddhism and Network Marketing: The First Jewel, ‘Buddha’

August 4th, 2010

In case you are joining in now, please click here for the first article of this series.

In many of the teachings of the Buddha recorded in the sutras as well as in other texts by later masters, there are two major causes and conditions possible when we take refuge (adopt Buddhism). They are Fear and Faith.

Likewise in network marketing one would start professional networking because of Fear (of not having an alternate life income source) or Faith (either in the form of a personal dream or a conviction that network marketing is to the distribution industry what machines were to manufacturing and computers were to information exchange).

I think what I have written in brackets deserves a more detailed explanation.

You see the biggest revolution of the 19th century was mechanization – the industrial revolution – and fortunes were built. In the 20th century it was information and its dissemination that held the key to business growth and prosperity. Bill Gates and the Google duo are living testimony of the impact. Now, when products are made and their information is available online, the next major revolution can only be in the way these products are reached to the consumer. And the direct-to-consumer model finds favor with both the manufacturer and the consumer. It’s a win-win where the consumer makes the distribution margin and the manufacturer saves on advertising and gets unflinching loyalty.

This model is enabled by the creation of consumer networks (with a b-quadrant mindset) and that’s why network marketing is the 21st century revolution on the make.

Coming back to the ‘taking refuge’ part, what are the objects of taking refuge?

The three jewels – Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are our objects of refuge.

The word Buddha in Sanskrit refers to ‘blossoming’ or expansiveness. In the same way that the Buddha went through the stages of the path from an ordinary being, we ordinary people can also achieve the same result by following his example.

‘To become enlightened’ means to purify mental afflictions and habitual behaviors. And this is exactly what network marketing mentors also insist! “Look inside… the power of the mind is limitless”. “You can change the way you live by changing the way you think”. Purify mental afflictions and habitual behaviors. Listen to Kiyosaki on networking… and go on to read about the next jewel (Dharma) and its secrets…

Buddhism and Network Marketing: An Introduction

August 3rd, 2010

I am starting this series of five articles while residing at the centre of Kagyu Buddhist activity at the Dharma Chakra Centre in Rumtek, Sikkim, India.

What brings me here?

A search for things you might not be particularly interested in (Qigong for instance). But what will fascinate you, as it did me, is the amazing similarity Buddhist philosophy has with network marketing principles and activities.

Why would this be interesting?

Because Buddhism is one of the few world religions we can put a date to, and the way it has – over a few centuries – created a silent revolution in spite of ups and downs, factions and fragmentation, it can only serve as inspiration for what I believe is the biggest revolution on the planet – Network Marketing. And we will be alive to witness (and possibly participate in) all of it!

What is network marketing is beyond the scope of this article though you could click the ink to learn more about it.

What is Buddhism? Well it is a doctrine of life practice that evolved from the teachings of Lord Buddha around 6th century BC and has grown as a religion though it is largely a philosophy with rituals and practices. Buddhism aims to bring benefit to countless sentient beings without differentiation – much like network marketing.

Buddhism originated in India but because of changes in the times and conditions it prospered in other places, particularly China, where it permeated and became an inseparable part of Chinese culture. Pretty much the same way, network marketing is embracing that region.

There is a saying, “The more the Dharma permeates, the more obstacles arise”. This means that in countries where the Dharma is more prosperous demonic obstacles arise even more! This is what happened in China, but fortunately through the great courage and conviction of the lineage forefathers (you might be one of them in the network marketing industry), all the obstacles were removed and the true Dharma lineage has survived.

In the next article I will bring you the three jewels of Buddhism and how you take refuge in them in a way very similar to how you’d go about successful network marketingClick here to access it.


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