Monthly Archives: February 2014

Spirituality and Materialism

by Lama Thubten Yeshe

from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives

Lama YeshePeople often talk about spirituality and materialism, but what do these terms really mean? You’ll find that, as individuals, each of us has a different view.Some think they’re opposites, two irreconcilable extremes. Others think you can’t lead a spiritual life while living in a materialistic society, that to do so you have to abandon all enjoyment of material things. Then there are those who think spiritual seekers are rejects from society who couldn’t succeed in the material world. Yet others think, “I’m a rationalist, I don’t believe anything,” considering religious people blindly ignorant believers.

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Perspective

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Right before the eyes close at night

I reflect on the sum total of the day,

retracing the crumbs I left behind,

and they places they remain .

What were the crumbs I left behind?

Love?

Fear?

Kindness?

Malice?

Did they bring a smile to someone’s face?

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