365 Days for Travelers: Jun 17

POVERTY AND WEALTH

From the Buddhist perspective, there is no
such thing as a completely impoverished person:
For those who have spare time and use it to
help others, aren’t they wealthy in terms of time?
For those who are eloquent and use words to
praise and encourage others, aren’t they wealthy
in terms of language?
For those who smile at others and treat people
with joy and respect, aren’t they rich with inner
wealth?
For those who assist and service others with
their strength, aren’t they wealthy in terms of
vigor?
Poverty is greed and discontent; those who
are always willing to help others will always be
wealthy at heart.

THE WEALTHIEST PERSON

Buddhism is not opposed to the possession of
wealth, because worldly riches are crucial for
living. However, it is more important to discover
and develop the treasure within our minds. Real
wealth lies in knowing and believing in ourselves,
and in recognizing the inherent Buddha Nature of
all sentient beings. Can you discover the Buddha
Nature that is in every person? If you can, then
you are the wealthiest person in the world, here
and now!