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Marc Sachnoff is a television producer, entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and a practicing Buddhist. He brings the Buddha to business, combining timeless wisdom and modern technology. [www.enlightenedent.com]

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There’s an old Buddhist teaching that says, “To light a lamp for another will also brighten your own way.” As a Buddhist in 21st Century America seeking to find my way through today’s chaotic world, I’ve realized that by selflessly helping others – with no expectation of reward – I’m able to find meaning in every encounter I have with people.

The Buddha talked about the separation we feel from others despite the underlying truth that we’re all totally and completely connected. This tendency we have to separate is a function of the innate darkness that exists in life. But the Buddha knew that this fundamental darkness, which manifests itself as separation, suspicion, prejudice, fear, hatred, and, ultimately, violence, could be overcome by manifesting the innate goodness, or Buddhahood, that’s also part of our original factory equipment.

Enlightenment, then, begins when, in the face of our own doubts, hesitations, suspicions, and fears, we commit ourselves to reaching out to others in ways big and small.

I discovered that there’s a moment of joy when I simply step in to lend a hand and offer to help. My friend calls it “The Boy Scout Buzz” – that rush of happiness we felt as Boy Scouts when we helped the elderly or did good deeds, not for a merit badge, but simply for the sake of doing good.

That buzz is available to all of us all the time (whether or not we were Boy Scouts). I know, because every time I reach out to help, to light a lamp for another, I make a new friend or a new connection that takes me towards the achievement of my own goals and dreams and brightens the way for everyone.

– Marc Sachnoff

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