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How the Buddha Would Interpret the Law of Attraction

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 18, 2011

By Peter Baksa

I think it’s safe to say everyone is seeking happiness; even if they are not aware of it. Aristotle once posited that we all seek happiness, but as humans we do not share the same path. Well, is there a sure fire path that will bring us lasting happiness, or as I would call “joy?” The Law of Attraction (LOA) must be included in any discussion; it plays a key role in where we actually end up in life.

What I find troubling about some LOA perspectives is the advice to pursue whatever “feels good.” I was re-reading my own book, “The Point Of Power,” and I noticed that I used a similar descriptive. I now realize how this wording can be severely misconstrued inaccurately.

The wildly popular movie, “The Secret,” goes so far as to say that anything we think will make us feel good is fair game — a million dollars, a dream house, a sexy red sports car. It goes on to imply that each of us has some sort of supernatural power to make the world do our bidding, suggesting that we each are the center of the universe. It also implies that spiritual growth is all about fun, lightness and pleasure as we jump from one blissful experience to the next.

Let’s bring this all back down to earth. In my experience, what “feels good” is a pretty faulty indicator of what’s in our best interest. All we need to do is remember the last time we indulged in a gallon of ice cream or six shots of Don Julio Anejo tequila to know that. And I’m sure we’ve all experienced what usually happens after we get that one thing we wanted so much. The grass quickly starts looking greener on the other side. Read the rest of this entry »

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