🌕 Angela’s Reflections:
Prince Siddhattha had the wisdom to know that external sources of happiness were not ultimate happiness as they were subject to change and destruction ( or “birth, aging, sickness and death”). Prince Siddhattha, who had everything going well for him, had the inner strength to renounce it all, as he had a greater, nobler motivation to help all sentient beings be free from suffering and be fully awakened. I feel deeply grateful to the Buddha for his immeasurable compassion and wisdom.
🌱 Journal Reflection Prompts for You:
- 📝 In what ways do you seek external sources of happiness? To what extent do you recognize their impermanence or changing fleeting nature?
- 📝 How might you integrate the pursuit of a deeper, more lasting contentment right now in your current life?
- 📝 How might you apply the Buddha’s example of compassion and understanding in your daily life?
Featured image, an AI-generated artwork, by Angela Ho.