A Poor Man Asked the Buddha

15 celebration days of Chinese New Year 2014 marked its end yesterday on 14 Feb 2014 which coincides with Valentine’s day. Throughout the 15 days, we have been greeting people with wishes such as having good health, wealth and youth in this year of horse. Among all these wishes that I received,  I was particularly impressed by one wish that I was greeted by one speaker in a seminar. He wished us in the coming year to enjoy a year of abundance.

You might think hey what’s so special about having abundance? Isn’t it related to wealth again? But think again. Do we always need to associate  abundance with only wealth? What resonated with me is the reason when the speaker further explained himself that he always love to wish people having abundance because it does not solely refer to attaining wealth, but also having wisdom and happiness. This is so much so important that this seminar happens to be an investment seminar. It just questioned our fundamental reason for investing again, what is our investment goal? Not everyone aim to become a multi-millionaire like Warren Buffet. The reason you invest could perhaps you invest for the fun, or you enjoy acquiring new knowledge and investing is one of the important lesson that everyone should learn. Most people perhaps invest so as to achieve financial freedom hence to have more freedom making choices in life such as an early retirement to have more time for the things/people you value the most.

No matter what your reason, I do not think we should always centred to wealth. Look broader and perhaps we will understand life better. To end off this post, I would like to share with you an interesting reading I came across a few days ago.


Source: The ManKind Project http://www.mankindproject.org

Source: The ManKind Project http://www.mankindproject.org

 A poor man asked the Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”

The Buddha said, “you do not learn to give.”

So the poor man said, “If I’m not having anything?”

Buddha said: “You have a few things,

The Face: which can give a smile;

Mouth: you can praise or comfort others;

The Heart: it can open up to others;

Eyes: who can look the other with the eyes of goodness;

Body: which can be used to help others.”

So, actually we are not poor at all, poverty of spirit is the real poverty.

ps: you can read about what I feel to be a sequel to this post here.

Cheers~ 🙂