Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year - The Fifth Buddhist Precept and hangovers !

Some of us may be feeling the worse for wear today so it is worth remembering one of the five Buddhist precepts.

Buddhist practice seeks wisdom as its goal. Ingesting intoxicating substances such as alcohol can cause us to lose our senses as well as being harmful to our health. It can also lead us into other ways that can harm others .

So the fifth Buddhist precept is based on respect for our own mental well-being and keeping control of our mind and keeping clarity of insight and vision.

So if a hangover is the way you've started the year - resolve to have strength and purpose for the new year but don't beat yourself up too much - to err is human - to seek a purer path and ultimate happiness is the Buddhist goal.

Good luck for all your new year wishes - it is you who will make them come true.

Happy New Year !

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”The Buddha

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