The true nature of all sentient beings is to be happy and radiant
Buddhism teaches a path to awakening one's true nature
Wishing All the World a Happy and Radiant 2016
Daibutsu bronze buddha in the Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan
If two partners [such as a husband and wife], who are leading a harmonious life together, wish to remain together into the future, then they should take care to be well matched in the qualities of faith, morality, generosity and wisdom.In this way, Buddha defines the value of a committed partnership that is based on wholesome spiritual aspirations. Attachment, aversion and delusion are still major dangers that must be avoided, as they will undermine the benefits of a shared supportive path. But that is true for any activity that we are involved in, not just personal relationships.
Just as one is inspired and enthusiastic in their faith, so should the other be. Just as one is careful and compassionate, and upholding moral conduct, just so should the other be.
If one of them wishes to support a worthy cause, the other should encourage them. If the other wishes to offer aid, the first should be delighted.
And so too, they should strive to understand each other equally, though wisdom and knowledge.
|View from near my apartment on the National Dong Hwa University campus, Hualien, Taiwan|