July 10, 2006

“Dharma Moments”

by Ganai Chanchaochai

At home and at work, we struggle every day with hope and fear, living in the past, anxious about the future. Is there an end to suffering? Dharma Moments captures the essence of Buddhist practice to help us thrive in the modern world. More than 40 anecdotes and personal stories illustrate how Buddhist teachings can help us break free from the trappings of materialism; loosen the bonds of anger and envy; triumph over discontent and depression; and make every moment a Dharma moment. With sound advice about its relevance in today’s busy world, Danai Chanchaochai places the wisdom of the Dharma at the center of our lives, examining such personal and global challenges as dealing with a difficult boss, the impact of 24/7 technology, forgotten business ethics and the effect of nations at war. Danai Chanchaochai is a successful business executive, prolific author and translator, and guest lecturer at the United Nations. His weekly syndicated column, Dharma Moments, regularly appears in various newspapers including the Bangkok Post, the largest English-language paper in his native Thailand.

Memorable Quotes:
“Watch your thoughts, they become word.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” Frank Outlaw

“Without the 1% of inspiration, all the perspiration in the world is only a bucket of sweat.” Cindy Myers

If we clutter our mental desktops with trash loads of trivia, there'll be no room for those vital flashes of inspiration so essential to the continuum of discovery and revelation.

“I hear beyond the range of sound. I see beyond the verge of sight. I see, smell, taste, hear, feel that everlasting something to which we are all allied at once.” Henry David Thoreau

...the quiet place is within us. The noise which you find so distracting is external. It only exists if you want it to.

“Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me, the long brown path leading wherever I chose.” Walt Whitman

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Plato

Dharma Moments available at Powells and Amazon