Monday, October 1, 2012

Increase Dharma, Decrease Drama

Talersak and I recently went on a 2800+ miles road trip together driving from Sacramento, California to Salt Lake City, Utah then heading North to Bozeman, Montana, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, and heading back via Idaho and Nevada.  It was both our first longest road trip and also our first road trip together. Being inexperienced road travelers with a GPS that decided to retired on us, we navigated the unfamiliar territories with much delight, little confusion (at times when we were lost) and zero argument for the 8 days road trip.

Throughout the trip and the numerous conversations on all kinds of topics, we often reflected on the utmost importance of traveling with the right company in order to have happiness and peace of mind. We could recall personal unpleasant traveling stories and stories from family and friends and those we heard. All the drama, headache and heartache which we don't want and don't need since vacation should carries an air of stress-free and carefree spirit. Afterall, we go on vacation because we want a break from our routine daily life that are often packed with too much responsibilities and activities that consume and sometimes suffocate our sense of livelihood.

But what if livelihood itself is a vacation? Wouldn't it be wonderful if we are on vacation all the times? This is what Talersak and I have in common. We might be road trip rookies but we are on the path to become seasoned vacationers. Not that we are very well-off financially, have no family responsibilities and have so much time to travel regularly; I work full-time, study full-time, and are involved in numerous community activities. But we are on the path to develop our mind so that we are a stress-free and carefree vacationer in our daily life by maintaining that good spirit, deep sense of gratitude and overall contentment.

It is of course easier said then done. Like most things in life, if we want to be good at something, we need to practice it diligently. Developing that consistent good spirit, deep sense of gratitude and contentment is no different; it requires persistent cultivation of moral values, awareness and concentration and wisdom.  In Buddhist term, we call them Dharma (in Sanskrit) or Dhamma (in Pali). We figured, if we increase Dharma, the drama in our lives should decrease. Hence, the birth of the bumper sticker idea!

Should you wish to obtain a free bumper sticker, please contact talersak@gmail.com and we'll be happy to mail it to you. You can also pick them up at various locations in California.






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