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7 Buddhist teachings that are hard to adopt but will change your life forever

Life presents us with multiple challenges on a daily basis, and coming to grips with those challenges is crucial for securing inner peace.

Buddhist wisdom may be able to help us cope with these challenges. 

Here are 7 wise teachings from Buddhism to help you live a  better life. 

1) Shed Fear By Understanding It

Much of the fear that exists within us comes from one thing: impermanence, of ourselves and the world around us.

We fear loss more than anything else—loss of our lives, our loved ones, our status quo, our prized possessions, our achievements and titles. Everything that could lead to loss—war, death, divorce—is a major fear to many of us. We fear failure as well, and the possibility that we may never be enough.

But we can overcome these fears by understanding why they exist within us and where they come from. We do this through constant sessions of introspection—looking not outward for the answers to our questions, but inside of ourselves.

It is in the simple act of self-discovery that we can finally heal from the scars caused by our fears. Understand why you fear what you fear, and you will free yourself from it.

2) Use Meditation To Catch Your “Monkey Mind”

The greatest problem many of us face today is anxiety or stress. In a recent study, it was found that around 30% of Americans believe that stress strongly harms their physical health and mental health.

But stress isn’t a product of the modern world; people have always dealt with stress. Around 2500 years ago, the term “monkey mind” was coined by Buddha himself. This meant that the mind is like a monkey, running and jumping around everywhere with never a break.

Only through mindfulness of your breath during the act of meditation can you calm your mind and put your monkey to sleep. This melts away your anxiety and stress, and lets you continue the rest of your day in peace.

3) Fight Loneliness by Listening To The Intimacy Connecting You With Others

Loneliness is a growing issue, especially in the fast-paced lifestyle of the modern world. Whatever kind of loneliness you are experiencing—lack of mental companionship, a solitary lifestyle, or the death of a loved one—Buddhism teaches us to open ourselves to the world, with or without the presence of others.

Through the act of mindful living, we can live in a state of connectedness with millions of other living things; from the ants in the ground to the clouds in the sky. Reevaluate the way you perceive loneliness—it isn’t the act of being alone, but rather solitary mental suffering.

By connecting with the world and all other living creatures, you can begin to heal your soul, whether you are alone or surrounded by hundreds.

4) Ease Your Anger Through Compassion and Understanding

Anger is a very primal and base emotion that many of us experience often. But you can’t control the world around you, and can’t stop yourself from experiencing things that may trigger your anger. However, you can control yourself and the way you perceive the world.

One of Buddhism’s core teachings is the realization that the world is much greater than yourself. When angry, you must learn to skillfully step away from the situation, which will build compassion within yourself.

5) Your Inner Dialogue Does Not Make Up Who You Are

True inner peace cannot be achieved until you make the separation between the you who exists in the world versus the you who exists in your mind. This is known as the ego, or your inner dialogue. It is in your inner dialogue where your self-talk thrives, speaking to you negatively and pulling you down.

Buddhism encourages us to step away from ourselves once more and observe the difference between the inner dialogue and the true self through self-awareness. Because the inner dialogue is not who we truly are; it is only a story within yourself that you must overcome.

[To dive deep into self-help techniques you can use to improve yourself, check out my no-nonsense guide to using eastern philosophy for a mindful and peaceful life here].

6) There Is No Void Inside Of You

Many of us feel a hole in our hearts, to the point that it is commonly referred to as an inner void. A missing piece, a part of something greater, a divided mind; we believe that there is something missing that is keeping us from reaching our potential.

But Buddhism teaches that you have everything you need already inside of you. There is no missing piece, no unfilled hole waiting for the perfect connection. We must come to acceptance with the perfect whole that we already are before we can finally move forward and achieve our potential.

7) We Are the Culmination Of Everyone Who Has Been A Part Of Us

When you lose a friend or a loved one, either through death or other circumstances that have separated you in life, immense sadness may come over you as you try to deal with that loss.

Buddhism doesn’t deny that this is a difficult transition to accept, going from a life with your loved one to a life without them. But Buddhism teaches that when we lose someone who loved us, we never really lose them.

Their impact on our lives has changed us, and a part of them now lives inside of us. Their presence, physical appearance, and personality—all of these now perhaps reside within you, making them a part of you forever.

Introducing my new book

When I first started learning about Buddhism and searching for practical techniques to help my own life, I had to wade through some really convoluted writing.

There wasn’t a book that distilled all this valuable wisdom in a clear, easy-to-follow way, with practical techniques and strategies.

So I decided to write a book myself to help people going through a similar experience to what I went through.

I’m pleased to introduce to you The No-Nonsense Guide to Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy For a Better Life.

Within my book you’ll discover the core components of achieving happiness, anywhere at any time through:

  • Creating a state of mindfulness throughout the day
  • Learning how to meditate
  • Fostering healthier relationships
  • Unburdening yourself from intrusive negative thoughts
  • Letting go and practicing non-attachment.

While I primarily focus on Buddhist teachings throughout the book – particularly as they relate to mindfulness and meditation – I also provide key insights and ideas from Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism.

Think of it this way:

I’ve taken 5 of the world’s most powerful philosophies for achieving happiness, and captured their most relevant and effective teachings—while filtering out the confusing jargon.

I then shaped them into a highly-practical, easy-to-follow guide for improving your life.

The book took me about 5 months to write and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. I hope you enjoy it too.

For a limited time, I’m selling my book for only $8. However, this price is likely to rise very soon.

Why should you read a book about Buddhism?

It’s okay if you don’t know anything about Buddhism or eastern philosophy.

I didn’t either before I started my journey 6 years ago. And as I mentioned above, I’m not a Buddhist. I’ve just applied some of its most iconic teachings to live a more mindful, peaceful and happy life.

And I know that you can too.

The thing is, self-help in the western world is virtually broken. These days it’s rooted in complicated (and ineffective) processes like visualization, empowerment workshops, and a pursuit of materialism.

However, Buddhists have always known a better way…

… that the attainment of clarity and happiness is about truly living in the present moment, which in turn, actually makes it much easier to obtain what you want in life.

In the hustle and bustle of modern society, achieving quiet peace-of-mind isn’t always so easy—in fact, it’s often quite difficult.

While there are plenty of faraway resorts you can visit to cool your mental jets, these places are mostly temporary reprieves. You spend a week or two at one, start to feel better, and when you get back to your everyday life those same stresses swarm your mind all over again.

That brings us back to the beauty of Buddhism.

Because by learning the lessons in The No-Nonsense Guide to Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy For a Better Life, you’ll realize you don’t have to travel to a remote cave, mountain, or desert to achieve a serene sense of calm.

The relaxed, quiet confidence you seek is already inside you. All you have to do is tap into it.

My unique 96-page eBook filters out the mystery of these philosophies and shows you how to improve all aspects of daily living, including your relationships, emotional resilience and state of mind.

Who this book is for

If you do want to live a better life by applying the timeless wisdom of Buddhism…

… would love a practical, accessible guide which filters out the esoteric confusion often associated with Buddhism and other eastern philosophies. One that presents valuable wisdom in a clear, easy-to-follow way…

… and aspire to live a happier, calmer and more satisfying life than what you’re experiencing now…

… then this book is absolutely for you.

Check it out here.

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Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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