5 Powerful Steps To Learn Anything Faster

Put an average Joe next to someone of success and you’ll find that the latter had more knowledge to get to where they are today.
While there’s only so much time in the day to learn new skills, you can accelerate how fast you learn something. Whether you want to learn a new language, understand real estate, or learn how to start a business, the person who can learn faster will always have the upper hand in life.
Here are 5 powerful steps to learn anything faster.

1. Method beats hours

When it comes to learning something new, the method will always beat the number of hours you put into something. This isn’t to say that the number of hours isn’t important, but you should choose which method will give you the best results.
For example, let’s say two people were driving from Boston to New York City. It doesn’t matter how skilled or committed the first driver is. If he’s driving a beat-up pickup truck and the second driver has a Ferrari, the first driver will lose.
Your method is the vehicle that will become the engine of where you want to go. With anything you want to learn, there will be dozens of available methods to follow, and “experts” to learn from. This means that you want to spend a lot of time understanding who you’re learning from, what credibility they have, and how it fits with your learning style.

2. Apply the 80/20 rule

It is a concept developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto which explains that 80% of your desired outputs will come from only 20% of your inputs.
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While the exact ratio varies from situation to situation, you’ll find that:
  • 20% of people in your life will lead to 80% of your happiness
  • 20% of your customers will drive 80% of your sales
  • 20% of your learning methods will lead to 80% of your results
When it comes to learning, it feels like there’s so much we don’t know, so it’s easy to jump around everywhere. This will only lead to wasted time. What you want to do is focus on the one or two things that will drive the needle for what you want to achieve and double down on them.
For example, if you’re learning Spanish to travel this summer, instead of learning how to write or read, you should learn how to speak Spanish. Or instead of trying to please a dissatisfied customer that’s only paying you $37/month, you should add 10 times more value to a customer that’s paying you $1,000/month.

3. Learn by doing

Immersion is by far the best way to learn anything. And as research shows, it turns out that humans retain:
  • 5% of what they learn when they’ve learned from a lecture.
  • 10% of what they learn when they’ve learned from reading.
  • 20% of what they learn from audio-visual.
  • 30% of what they learn when they see a demonstration
  • 50% of what they learn when engaged in a group discussion.
  • 75% of what they learn when they practice what they learned.
  • 90% of what they learn when they use it immediately.
Think back to how you learned to play basketball, ride a bicycle, or swim. Instead of watching tutorial videos or reading a textbook on how to do something, the way to learn faster is to get into the trenches and gain experience through making mistakes.

4. Find a coach

From business titans to professional athletes, the people performing at the highest levels all have one thing in common: they have a coach.
According to best-selling author Seth Godin, there are five reasons you might quit in anything you do:
  • You run out of time (and quit)
  • You run out of money (and quit)
  • You get scared (and quit)
  • You’re not serious about it (and quit)
  • You lose interest (and quit)
Having a coach allows you to see the blind spots that you couldn’t see before, and guide you through the tough times that inevitably come when you’re learning anything new.
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A coach doesn’t have to cost $1 million a year, like what Tony Robbins charges, or even $1,000. If you’re trying to learn a language, you could have a language coach you work with. If you’re trying to learn an instrument, it could be finding a private teacher to help you.
The point is, you’re not going at it alone. And having someone that’s keeping you accountable can take you miles further than doing everything yourself.

5. Process over performance

Doing the work is often the hardest thing for most people. A common mistake people make when they’re learning something new is to focus on performance over process. It’s hard to see any consistent results until you’ve put in a significant amount of work upfront.
For writers, this is sitting down and writing 500 words a day — no matter how bad it may turn out. For athletes, this is waking up every morning and training — no matter how groggy and sore you feel. For language learners, it’s forcing yourself to speak the language every day — no matter how many mistakes you make or how uncomfortable you may feel.
“Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.” — Woody Allen
Taking small steps may not sound sexy, but it has been the proven path to follow for anything you’ll want to achieve in your life and business.

Why Meditation Makes You Happier, Healthier and More Successful and How To Get Started

The Benefits of Meditation

Meditation reduces anxiety at a brainwave level. A team of researchers at the University of Zagreb in Croatia have published a study on the impact of meditation on brain waves. The EEG brainwave patterns were measured as an indicator of peace. Results confirmed that the effects of transcendental meditation on EEG brainwave patterns and anxiety suggested that meditation is helpful in treating different types of anxiety disorders.
Creativity is enhanced in meditators. In another study published in the Creativity Research Journal it was found that after meditation when participants were given the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking they showed higher than average results for creativity and successful problem solving.
Job burnout is happen less when you meditate. In a third study researchers looked at job burnout, a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, and found significant reduction in a group who had been meditating versus the control group. This was a clinically important decrease in perceived stress.
Pain is more easily tolerated. A study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research done on chronic pain suffers showed that those who meditated didn’t reduce pain levels but the amount of pain they were having caused them less discomfort than the non-meditating control group.
Interestingly despite these scientific results, meditation is still viewed by many as a hippie practice that borders on religion more than healthcare. In one study 80% of Americans asked said they would rather take a pill to relieve anxiety than sit for 20 minutes in meditation. Perhaps this is because people don’t know how to get started on a practice.

How To Get Started (Visit Here for free Meditation training nearest you.)

If you want to get started at home in a simple meditation practice and see these benefits in as little as 2 weeks, here are 8 simple steps to get you started.

1.Pick a time.

I learned that the best time is when you first wake up. The acronym I learned was RPM for rise, pee, meditate. Why? If you put it off until later in the day, it tends to get lower and lower on the to do list.

2. Make it a habit.

Start by scheduling it on your calendar for 21 days. That’s enough time to get a habit formed.

3. Avoid distractions.

Find a place where you can sit without interruptions for 15-20 minutes. If you have small children pick a time where they won’t need your immediate attention and tell them they can sit with you but you won’t talk to them until you are done.

4. Comfort is key.

Sitting is recommended more than laying down because your body equates laying down with sleep and you are more likely to doze off if you lay down, Make sure you are warm enough. And there is no need to be in a yoga posture as you sit. Cross legged is fine. Eyes closed if possible.

5. Start by following the breath.

This means just bring full awareness away from anything but inhaling and exhaling. Witness what your breath is doing without trying to change it or control it.

6. Don’t try to stop thinking.

You have approximately 80,000 thoughts each day. It’s impossible to stop them from coming. The goal in meditation is just to notice when you are thinking and refocus back on the breath. This trains the brain to focus for longer durations without asking it to stop thinking.

7. Don’t compare your meditation to others.

Don’t even compare it to your last meditation. Each one is different. Judging your meditation means that there was a goal you were trying to achieve in the meditation. “There is no try just do” in the words of yoda.

8. Benefits that start in meditation are happening outside meditation.

You will notice the benefits of what you do in meditation, not during the meditation but in the rest of your day. You might notice that you have more patience, more creativity or more vitality.
In the words of Pema Chodron: “Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are”

10 Things Most Successful People Do At Night Before Going To Bed

What about successful people? What do they do at night before they sleep? Here are 10 things they do…

1. Wrap up the day

Decide that the day has ended and you will go into another phase of the day. If you work until 6 pm, make sure that you get your work done and end your day so you can focus on another part of your life. Life is short, you want to do as much as possible. So if you have promised dinner with your family, make sure you do that.
You have to allocate your time for each category well. Sleep, work and time for other activities. You already allocate most of your time to sleep and work, thus, when the clock hits 6 pm or 7 pm, just stop and spend the rest of the day doing other important activities in your life.

2. Read books

Many successful people in the world are voracious readers. They read and they learn from what others talk about. Do you know that reading and learning can shortcut your journey to success? In fact, many great people including Bill Gates, read books or articles until they feel tired and then go to bed after.
Tim Armstrong, the CEO of AOL, recently told the Guardian that he gets home around 8 pm and then reads to his daughters. “They usually win and get two or three books,” he says.

3. Spend quality time with family and friends


Yep, success starts from within. You have to spend quality time with your family and friends in order to get connected and stay connected. Some people choose to meet up with their friends every Wednesday, and the rest of the days they will just spend time with their family members. It all depends on how you allocate your time.

4. Plan and get ready for the next day

This is one of the most important things you can do before you sleep. Planning for tomorrow, writing down what you need to do and get ready for the next day to come. For instance, most people will iron their clothes and get all the relevant documents that they need to use for the next day ready before they sleep. You should do the same.
If you do this, you will wake up and know exactly what you need to do the next day. You will become more effective and more productive because you’re ready and everything is within your reach. Conversely, if you’re not ready for the next day, imagine what can go wrong. You wake up late, can’t find your clothes to iron, you forget where you put your important documents for meeting, etc. Your day will be in a mess. So always plan your coming days the night before.

5. Unplug from the world

Enough of the working world? You may want to get unplug from everything. This is especially crucial in our modern world where anyone can connect to you and distract your moment. Your phone can ring anytime if you did not turn it off. There are times where you want to get disconnected and stay away from your work. There are also times when you want to just be alone. Studies have shown that when you are alone, you are more engaged with yourself.

6. Meditation

Another great thing you may want to practice at night. Meditation is good for both your mental health and physical health. Meditation works as a recharge for your energy and get you focus in what you want. You feel deeply relaxed after the hustle and bustle of the day. Now it is time for you to stay relax for both your mind and your body. So learn to practice meditation each night before you sleep. You can start with just five to 10 minutes.

7. Envision tomorrow

One of the best ways to get ready for what’s coming is to envision it. Just like how visualization works, when you think about your perfect days, you will be more prepared and have the confidence to go through everything that comes along.
Spend at least five minutes thinking about the next day before you sleep. Envision what you will do and how you will do it. Imagine who you will talk to and how you are going to deal with it. Of course, when you envision it, you must envision everything going smooth and in perfect manner. All problems arises will be solved by you, and this is how you can really come up with a productive days.

8. Write down accomplishments for the day

What have you accomplished during the day? Some people will say none because they don’t think they are productive on the day.
When you feel grateful that you have proper lunch, proper dinner and able to get home safely and able to spend great moments with your family, you will feel deep joy within. On the other hand, if you don’t feel thankful for all that you have, you will feel stressed, pressured and insufficient. You will have the feeling of “not enough” even if you already have everything.
Therefore, write down at least three to five things that you appreciated and have accomplished during the day every night when you plan for the next day. Write down big and small successes you have done. Even if it is just a phone call, five minutes reading, etc. Write them down and practice the habit of appreciation.

9. Get things done

Will you go to the next day with unfinished work? If you know you still have one task to do but it is already night fall, would you sleep and get it done tomorrow? Well it depends on your personality and how much time the task is going to take.
Most successful people will get things done before they go to bed. They are committed and make sure that they get every important thing done as promised. For example, if you still have clients with whom to follow up, and it is already 6 pm or 7 pm where you want to leave the office, what you can do is to reply their email telling them that you will follow up with them the next day. At least this will help you to ease your tension and let your client know that you did not neglect them.

10. Get enough sleep

Do you have enough sleep? And do you know that getting enough hours of sleep is one of the most important energy sources for you when you wake up the next day? If you don’t get enough sleep, you will feel lethargic and tired. You will not be able to get things done and have a productive day if you’re tired.

The First Letter Of Your Name Shows Your Personality

The first letter of your name shows your personality:
‘A’- You are not romantic but practical. You always achieve your goals when set. You are not patient and you do not react fast to others even when they were sweet and polite. You are attractive, polite, open mined and have a serious personality. You always need your partner’s support and full courage to be able to stay with them. You find it important to feel a mutual romantic attitude within your relationship. You do not create problems but you are selfish. You always need your partner’s support to be able to stay with them. They have to show you love and appreciation. You know how to select your lover.
‘B’- You have a romantic personality. You like to exchange gifts with your lover, as it is a proof of true love. You know how to love, act and talk. You are very patient and you reach your goals. You control your emotions and your feelings well and you love to go on adventures.
‘C’- You are very sociable. You fall in love with a close friend or colleague. You are very sensitive. You need your lover not only to love you but to adore you. You are patient and you could get what you want by controlling your feelings very well.
‘D’- You react fast. You care for others and solve their problems. You are kind and sincere and very sensitive with your romantic life. Sometimes your love turns to jealousy and overprotectiveness. You have a temper and are hard yet can be smart and pleasant. If you put your mind into loving someone, you do not give up easily.
‘E’- You need your partner to be a good listener. Your lover is a friend or colleague. You keep negotiating serious conversations from time to time to maintain excitement within your love life. Actions and challenges are important to you. You are very loyal to your loved one. You enjoy to read before going to bed.
‘F’- You are sensitive, generous and romantic. You know how to select your future partner and are sincere when you promise true love. You are courageous, attractive and generous. You are good hearted but if you get hurt you look for revenge.
‘G’- You are difficult to please. You are always looking for idealism inside you and your lover. Your lover has to be at the same maturity level as you. You are sensitive and you know how to reach the highest excitement in your feelings because through your nature you are accurate and picky. Very active and you never feel tired. Priorities in your life go to your duties and responsibilities and for this reason it is hard to be close and give enough love to those who are around you.
‘H’- You need a companion who can add happiness, joy and anything you look for within your life. You are generous with your lover. You are very careful in your behavior and relationships. You are a sensitive and patient lover. You remain patient until you reach what you plan for. You are strong in your beliefs. You work hard until you reach your goal. You are hard to please and you are not effected from those around you. Since you have your own knowledge, others rely on you.
‘I’- You need to love and be loved. You need appreciation from your lover. You are very emotional. You like researching and knowledge. You look for a lover who knows how to please you emotionally, financially and morally. You get board fast and look for change. Your close relationships are short lived because you do not commit yourself. You can be very materialistic.
‘J’- You are gifted with a financial power. Nobody can stop you from being kind to others. You always go after financial challenges with friends without thinking. On the other hand, you are full of romance. You are a wonderful person but you are missing the belief of love. You need to drink and eat to grow up within your relationships. You keep creating foreign relationships and communications.
‘K’- You are very hard to talk to. You are very lonely and shy but also very attractive. You are caring to only those that are close to your heart. You are full of courage and knowledge. You have a commercial mind. You know the most delicate commercial tricks and you can play any game very professionally. You take your love life very seriously. You do not play games with those around you. You have the patience to wait for the right partner for marriage. You are nice, pleasant and can be a best friend and a wonderful partner.
‘L’- You are romantic and attracted to the magic of love. Your life partner is the most important person to you. You have your own love dictionary. You like adventures and you accept risks. Your lover needs to be intellectual. You need love and are dying to know if you partner appreciates you.
‘M’- You are romantic, shy and down to earth. You are an artist and well experienced. You reach the maximum levels of love easily. You criticize your lover to reach your idea of perfect within the relationship. It is not easy to find the exact requirement you are looking for in your partner. You have difficulties expressing yourself and approaching your loved ones. You are selfish and consider your opinion is right. Sometimes you forget your friends and family and live for the moment.
‘N’- You are romantic, sensitive and imaginative. You are hardly involved in your romantic life. No borders or obstacles can stand in your way. You are looking for a soul mate that in romantic and sensitive. You could build a very strong romantic relationship. You believe in complete freedom. You have lots of energy, which allows you to take risks and try new things. You know how to treat your partner with the tenderness of a mothers care and you wish to be treated the same. You tend to rush through your life without slowing down to enjoy what is around you.
‘O’- You like to be involved in different activities. You are shy and do not say or show your wishes. You have the power to forward your energy to build up your wealth and fame. You can resist being single for long periods, for your love is a serious project and needs power. You are ready to try new things and to meet new people.
‘P’- You are mature and you feel the principles of your culture. You cannot dare to misbehave and jeopardize your name and image. You like to be smart, good looking and elegant. At times you might consider your partner is your enemy. Due to a big fight, your relationship could end. You are ready to go through experiences and adventures and be professional in taking certain actions. You are a sociable person. Sensitive and romantic, which is beneficial to get your wishes and self-satisfaction.
‘Q’- You have strong moving energy, and nobody can follow you. You are enthusiastic in your love and are attracted to those around you based on their principals and behavior. To continue your life you need love negotiations, flowers and romantic hearts.
‘R’- You are ready to correct and change your behavior to better yourself. You are looking for a partner who is equal to you intellectually. You always try to prove that you deserve your partner. You are an open-minded person and very romantic.
‘S’- You believe in pleasure before work. You are deal and strong in your sensitive feelings. You do not lose control of your romantic feelings and when you promise your partner sincerity, you respect your promise. You feel jealous and possessive at times and become selfish. On the other hand you are sensitive, emotional, silent and sometimes very nervous. You are serious in your romantic life and can wait until you find the right match. You are generous, peaceful and loveable. These characteristics make you attractive to others and also a good friend.
‘T’- You are full of emotions, feelings and sometimes nervous. Very romantic and enjoy candles, lights and music. You are an imaginative dreamer. You get in and out of love and recover from it fast. You know how to attract your partner. You have your own way of life and you do not like to change it. You are very stubborn. You do not take advise from anyone but indeed their advise could save your life, don’t underestimate it.
‘U’- You are very enthusiastic. You feel maximum pleasure when you are in love. You are always looking for a person you can love and adore. In your opinion love is a challenge. You are always looking for new challenges, which gives you the feeling of maximum freedom. You are very elegant. You like to give gifts to friends, parents and lovers because you enjoy their reactions.
‘V’- You need freedom and enthusiasm in your life. You wait until you know your partner before making any promises or commitments. You need to discover your partner’s weaknesses and figure out how you can get him or her on your side. You are attracted to those who have strange characters. Your charisma is very attractive when it is needed. Fear, nervous, danger and confusions.
‘W’- You feel very proud of yourself and wise in your decisions. You do not accept “NO!” for an answer. When it is related to love, you are very romantic and caring. Your love is very strong and you are very attracted to your partner. You are full of generosity and you consider nothing is more precious then your loved one. You are an expert in love games and surprises.
‘X’- You cannot live without excitement in your life. You like to have more than one relationship at a time. You cannot stop thinking that you are gifted. You are very good at multi-tasking.
‘Y’- You are very sensitive and have an independent personality. If someone does not do things your way you forget about that subject completely. Your romantic life is not successful because you are over controlling. You are too controlled by your sensitivity and feelings that you need to prove yourself and always need to know others reactions towards your efforts.
‘Z’- You are very romantic and you do not show your feelings easily. You try very hard to please your lover. You are very sociable. You try to help everyone with everything especially those who feel that they need you.

19 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

1. They don't dwell in their pasts.


2. Failure doesn't make them give up.


3. They don't waste time.


4. They don't wallow in self-pity.


5. They accept change with open arms.


6. They don't let themselves make the same mistakes over and over again.


7. They don't fear taking risks.


8. They don't take risks without weighing the options and outcomes.


9. They don't fear being alone.


10. They don't need instant gratification.


11. They don't try to control the world.


12. They don't hate other people for their success.


13. They don't care about pleasing everyone.


14. They don't fear being single.


15. They don't let anger get the better of them.


16. They don't let anyone else determine how they live their lives.


17. They don't let fear leave them scared and closed minded.


18. They don't put up with bullshit from others.


19. They don't ever accept anything unquestioningly.

12 Extremely Simple Tips For A Healthy And Happy Life

1. Strive to make at least three people smile every day. Chances are, you'll get a smile out of it too.

2. Sit in silence and meditate for at least 10 minutes every day. If you don't have the time, you'd better make it 20 minutes.

3. Disregard what other people think of you. It really isn't any of your business, now is it?

4. Don't try to win every argument on the internet. It's okay to say your piece, but agree to disagree and move on.

5. Don't be so serious. No one else will take you as seriously as you do.

6. Dream while you're awake.

7. Gossip is a waste of precious time and energy. Don't waste your life on it.

8. Break out of your age group. Spend time with people under the age of 6 and above the age of 60. Get a fresh perspective on life.

9. Remember that life is too short to waste time with hating and grudges. Get rid of your ill feelings. Leave your baggage behind.

10. You don't have to compare yourself to others It won't do you any good. You don't know who they are or where they've been. You just do you.

11. You are in charge of your own happiness. It's a path, not a destination.

12. Read more books than you did last month. If that number is 0, shoot for 1.

This Is What You Need to Know If You Love Someone With Hidden Anxiety

Anxiety is a struggle for millions of people all around the world. I myself suffer from anxiety at varying levels of severity. Some days I can't so much as think straight, a result of how anxious I felt. This is what you should know if you love someone with anxiety.

They often hide their anxiety.

Anxiety is not seen as an attractive quality by many, so those with anxiety will often hide it away from the world. They do their best to conceal their anxiety and the causes of it.

Hiding it inevitably makes it worse.

The best thing you can do for someone with anxiety is to talk with them about it if they want to. You can't force the issue on them. If left to fester, anxiety can become worse issues.

Social situations are often the greatest trigger of anxiety.

Fearing what people think or being stuck around a bunch of people is typically the greatest trigger for people with anxiety. If you bring them into a public space, be aware of that trigger. They're most likely to be unnerved by disappointing other people.

They tend to be deep thinkers.

People with anxiety tend to think pretty deeply about things, so think deeply along with them. They're great problem-solvers, which is a benefit to being anxious. Help them solve problems in their lives.

They won't trust easily.

Once they do find themselves in a place where they can trust you, they trust you with all their heart.

6 Easy Ways To Let Go Of Insecurity In Your Relationships

1. Learn to be dependent upon yourself.

In order to let go of insecurity, you have to learn to depend on yourself, not a partner. Love isn't about leaning on someone for support all the time. Learn to stand on your own and you'll feel much less insecure.

2. Let go of your paranoia.

Most of the time, paranoia is based on nothing. Yeah, your partner will be talking to their ideal sex sometimes. They work with them, they go to school with them, they're friends with them.
If you can't trust your partner to be around them on their own, you aren't ready for a relationship.

3. Don't see things in black and white.

It's not always yes or no, good or bad. You can't see things in black and white like that. When you do, fights happen. When fights happen, insecurities arise. Be flexible. Don't point fingers. The truth is somewhere in the middle.

4. Leave your baggage behind.

The past is the past. You have to learn to let it go. If you keep carrying around your baggage, it's going to weigh you down and keep you feeling insecure.

5. Don't psych yourself out.

If you have a concern about something, let your partner know. There's no harm in that. If you don't, you're going to psych yourself out about it which leads to insecurity. Make sure your worries don't exist solely in your head.

6. Remember, it isn't all about you.

It's hard not to think the world revolves around you, but it doesn't. Once you realize your relationship isn't about you but us, you're going to be way better off.

Discover What Your Fingerprint Reveals About Your Personality

The brain is in charge of determining who we are, but our bodies are an intricate, well-connected series of cells, tissues, and organs. Everything is connected, and our personalities often shine through in physical characteristics. One of which is the fingerprint.
1. People with loopy prints tend to be more analytical, logical people. They remember information the best and are great learners. These people are most often very left-brained.

2. People with lightly curved lines in their fingerprints tend to be calm, happy, serene, and relaxed people. They're often very warm and empathic, preferring to help than watch out for themselves.
3. People with swirls in their prints are a mix of the other two but with an added fire. They're passionate and sometimes quick to anger. They can be a little bit unpredictable.

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10 Reasons Why Buddhism is Better than Other Religions

Wisdom burns its own flame. So does humor. So does this title, which makes fun of the notion of religious one upsmanship. Read beyond the title, if curious:

If you don’t do Buddhism

don’t worry,

you’re not going to hell.

*You’ll just endure countless lifetimes of cyclical suffering.


1. We’re not really a religion. As the Dalai Lama said, if Buddhism and Science disagree, go with science. As the Buddha himself said, don’t believe anything I say unless it matches with your experience.
We are however a path: there are teachings, meditation practices, rituals with meaning…but it’s all centered on one point. Wake up. Be kind. Be present. Be genuine. Be generous to others.

2. We don’t go to war, much. Historically, when we’re attacked, our anemic joke-of-an-army fights heroically while the rest of wherever we’re at flees, gets burned, looted, raped, pillaged. No fun for us, but at least we don’t fight others in order to spread our religion.

3. Buddhism works. If we meditate, and we meditate some more, and we study, and we work with our mixed bag of a (difficult, incompetent, sycophantic, insecure, kind, generous, gentle, eco-minded, tolerant) community, we’ll naturally begin to soften, and straighten, and enjoy life, and help others enjoy life more, too.

4. Buddhism doesn’t believe in anything. Any Buddhist who tells you to believe in reincarnation or anything that can’t be proven is caught up in superstition, and should be forcibly sent to remedial Buddhist meditation camp, which sounds like a fun camp.
5. Buddhist teachers are transparent. The greatest Buddhist teacher I’ve ever known was utterly human: full of “mistakes,” full of wildness and sweetness, open about just about everything. If Buddhist teachers aren’t transparent...on to number six.

6. Buddhism is non-theistic. In Buddhism, we’re taught to bow with mutual respect, and self-respect. You aren’t any better than me except to the extent that you serve me and others better than I do. Serving is leadership.
Our hierarchical triangle is upside down. To lead is to serve. To lead without serving is selfish and useless and silly. If a Buddhist teacher leads out of arrogance or selfish privilege, they will be slapped in the face, with a grin. It’s happened.

7. Buddhism doesn’t say other religions are wrong or anyone’s going to hell and doesn’t advocate judging others “nonbelievers” from afar, let alone sending them to some sort of eternal damnation. In the Buddhist view, we’re all damned already by our happiness-desiring egos, but luckily we’re all fundamentally aok, and we just can relax and (through meditation, study) begin to be ourselves, and serve others in suffering. And then the joke is we’ll start being happy.

8. Buddhism is of the world. It is wildly enthusiastic about money, sex, family, business, sports, books, education, politics…as long as these things are being used to help us and others wake up and be of benefit, it’s all good.

9. Buddhism is not laissez-faire New Ageyness. While Westerners who embrace Buddhism as a lifestyle may be irritating Portlandiaish parodies of a type, like yours truly, Buddhism is all about tradition, about being a good, dues-paying member of society, about decorum and giving back and the arts.
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The 10th Reason why Buddhism is Better than your Religion is…

We’re not better than your religion.
 Your religion has lots of goodness and helpful stuff in it, and you should honor and practice that if you like. If you don’t like, you should become agnostic or atheistic and that’s pretty awesome, too. My grandma is a lifelong intellectual agnostic, and she’s the kindest person I know. As an old Christian saying goes, I can see how close you are to God by how kind you are.
Yoga, Christianity, Buddhism, Republicanism, Libertarianism, any ism…none is better than another. That’s not the point. They’re paths of truth, hopefully. Of finding peace, and true happiness. They are not meant to create further war.

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