Rime Buddhist Center
Monastery & Tibetan Institute of Studies
"Achieving Peace Through Compassion"
700 West Pennway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Lama Chuck Stanford
The following is Lama Chuck's monthly
column that appeared in the Kansas City Star
newspaper on Saturday, January 1, 2005.
QUESTION: "Is it right for people
of faith to make New Year's resolutions?"
ANSWER: The desire to make a New Year's
resolution implies there is something you want to change
about yourself. Most resolutions are concerned with losing
weight or starting an exercise program or some other
personal improvement change in the new year. However,
these are rarely kept because they are made without any
All of us want a fresh start from time to time. What most of us don't realize
is that a fresh start is available to us in every moment. A fresh start
is accessible to us in every breath. So, we don't have to wait until the
new year to begin anew.
From the Buddhist perspective, the type of change most of us need isn't
some sort of physical self improvement but rather what we need to change
most are the negative mental states in our mind. Nearly all of us suffer
from the afflictive emotions of anger, greed, envy and delusion. In the
" Fire Sutra" the Buddha talks about putting out the fires of anger,
hatred, envy and delusion.
So if you are going to make a New Year's resolution why not let it be to
be of benefit to others? One year before he died, a young African boy with
AIDs, speaking at a conference, said it best, when he said, "Do what
you can, with what you have, with the time you have, where you are at."
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