July 16, 2010

Tiny Buddha: Simple wisdom for complex lives

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JD LasicaWe live in fast times, and what we gain in gadget-obsessed, always-on hyperconnectivity we often lose in life balance and meaningfulness.

Lori Deschene, founder of Tiny Buddha, gave a keynote at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in Mountain View, Calif., not long ago to address just that: how to lead a more balanced, purposeful and meaning-driven life.

Lori is a writer and speaker who runs TinyBuddha — the website and the Twitter handle with 92,000 followers. The site, she says, is “focused on what I call simple wisdom for complex lives.” Readers there can relate their own stories about how they applied wisdom in their lives. On Twitter it’s a quote of daily wisdom from all the world’s major religions, philosophies and “sages through the ages.”

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“Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.”
— Swedish proverb

Why has TinyBuddha become so popular? Because, says Lori, it does one small thing well: It offers a simple daily thought. Like the Swedish proverb: “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.” Or Cheng Yen: “Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little.”

A lot of celebrities now follow TinyBuddha, and every time they retweet one of the quotes, that helps it grow. But for the most part, TinyBuddha just grows organically through retweets. Continue reading