The more we are concerned about the happiness of others, the more we are building our own happiness at the same time. But never think about this when you are actually giving. Do not expect anything in return; think only of what is good for the other person.
Indifference, especially indifference towards other people, is one of the worst defects we can have. To think, only of oneself, without caring about what is happening to one's neighbor, reflects a very narrow view of the world, a blinkered mind a tightness of heart.
Jealousy makes us miserable and prevents us from progressing spiritually. If it is expressed as aggression, it also harms other people. It is a very negative emotion.
According to Buddhism, there is not the slightest difference in the way both men amd women have what we call Buddha nature, or the potential for enlightenment. They are therefore essentially equal.
If we care only for ourselves and consider other people as enemies, we will be up against absurd difficulties of our own making. And if in this modern world life seems to be impossible without competition, we should remeber that it is possible to do better than others without crushing them in the process.
Everyone has the right to happiness but nobody has the right to destory the happiness of others. In no event can the goal of human existence entail making anyone suffer.
Right from childhood, one must also learn to get on with others and help them. Quarrels and minor conflicts are inevitable, but the main thing is to get used to wiping the slate clean and never harbouring grudges.
Common sense shows that human life is short-lived and that it is best to make of our brief sojourn on this Earth something that is useful to oneself and others.
It is an excellent thing that journalists investigate and inquire into the lives of people in public life in order to show whether or not the electorate should consider. But it is important to carry out such inquiries honestly, without deception or bias. Your aim should not be to ensure that your own side wins by demolishing the reputation of a political rival or an opposition party.
Everything exists in relation to other things, in a state of interdepence. There is nothing that exists in and of itself. It is therefore impossible to conceive of one's own personal interests independently of those of others.
An effective method to overcome fear is to shift one's concern from oneself to others. When we actually see the difficulties that other people face, our own seem less enormous.
If the first part of your life was lived to the full, remember that time you contributed to society and your work was useful and carried out with sincere intentions. So now you have nothing to regret.