Notes on Happiness

“Happiness and suffering are dependent upon your mind, upon your interpretation. They do not come from outside, from others. All of your happiness and all of your suffering are created by you, by your own mind.”

– Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

 

Q: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY/ UNHAPPY?

  1. INVESTIGATE: IS IT A FEELING? OR A STATE OF AWARENESS? ASSOCIATED WITH THINGS OR PEOPLE? DO YOU DEPEND ON SOMEONE ELSE, OR ON A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT?
  • SUREFIRE RECIPE FOR UNHAPPINESS – A LONG LIST OF ENTITLEMENTS!
  1. ARE YOU CLUELESS ABOUT HAPPINESS? – REALIZE THAT WE EXPERIENCE HAPPINESS WHEN IN HARMONY WITH OUR TRUE NATURE – HOW DO WE GET THERE?
  2. A FEW TIPS:

BE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE’S ECOSYSTEM –  GARDENING, NATURE, TREE HUGGING.

BE ROOTED IN SOMETHING THAT MATTERS.

  • ROOTED IN A COMMUNTTY WHERE YOU MATTER AND OTHERS MATTER TO YOU – SANGHA.
  • CHOOSE FRIENDS WISELY – BUDDHA’S ADVICE – STAY OUT OF TRASH AND GOSSIP.
  • FIND INNER SPIRITUAL STRENGTH.
  • LEARN TO THINK, TALK ABOUT ISSUES AND THEN ACT TO OVERCOME THEM – TAKES WORK.
  • MAKE YOUR THINKING BETTER.
  1. WE ARE THE PROBLEM – CO-DEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP WITH SUFFERING – FEED IT WITH OUR MIND. NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF SUFFERING FIRST OF ALL.

BUDDHA’S FIRST DHARMA TALK INVESTIGATED ALL OF THIS: UNDERSTANDING THE TERRITORY OF SUFFERING; 4 NOBLE TRUTHS; 8 FOLD PATH.

12 TURNINGS OF THE DHARMA WHEEL VERY IMPORTANT – WORK TO BE DONE! ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTAND THIS TO ATTAIN HAPPINESS.

Buddha Picture

 

  1. FIRST DHARMA TALK – SO MANY OFF-THE-RAILS COMMENTARIES SPECIFYING AN OVERWHELMING EMPHASIS ON SUFFERING.

– SUFFERING ALWAYS IN EVERYTHING. WHAT A DREARY MESSAGE – FROM EARLY BUDDHISM RIGHT UP TO THE PRESENT DAY.

  1. MISSED THE WAVE – NEED A RADICAL TRANSFORMATION TO HONOUR THE BUDDHA:
  • CHANGE EMPHASIS TO HAPPINESS
  • THEN EMPHASIZE NEED TO TRANSFORM SUFFERING

BUDDHA MIND EVOLVES – NEW EYES – STOP THE MOANING AND GROANING ABOUT SUFFERING ALWAYS. WHAT A BORING MESSAGE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.

  • BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS AS SKILFULL MEANS TO REALIZE “HAPPINESS”.
  • TURNING COMMENTARIES ON THE FIRST DHARMA TALK ON THEIR HEADS.
  • BRING FORTH THE JEWELS OF HARMONY & HAPPINESS AS THE BASIS OF THE BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS.

BUDDHA – TURNING THE WHEEL OF THE DHARMA – 2600 YRS AGO.

LEARN ABOUT BUDDHA’S JOURNEY FROM AWAKENING TO THE FIRST DHARMA TALK.

  1. THICH NHAT HANH’S RECONFIGURATION OF THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS: (THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA’S TEACHING PG 44).
  • WELL BEING IS POSSIBLE (FORMERLY # 3 – CESSATION OF SUFFERING).
  • NOBLE EIGHFOLD PATH THAT LEADS TO WELL BEING (FORMERLY # 4 – WAY OUT OF SUFFERING).
  • SUFFERING (FORMERLY # 1 – THERE IS SUFFERING).
  • CAUSES AND CONDITIONS OF SUFFERING (FORMERLY #2 – ARISING OF SUFFERING).

Thay Bowing (2)

THE FOUR NUTRIMENTS: A LATER SUTRA THAT AROSE OUT OF THE “CAUSES AND CONDITIONS OF SUFFERING” NOBLE TRUTH.

SHARIPUTRA – NOTHING SURVIVES WITHOUT FOOD – SO STOP FEEDING YOUR DEMONS!

 EDIBLE FOOD / SENSE IMPRESSION FOODS/ FOOD OF VOLITION/ CONSCIOUSNESS AS FOOD

  1. BE HAPPY – DO THE WORK ON SUFFERING – TASTE THE FRUITS OF PRACTICE

 

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Notes on Happiness

  1. Karin, I thought you might enjoy Ian’s post. Love, D

    “When we are peaceful and happy, we will not create suffering in others. When we work to alleviate the suffering in others, we feel peaceful and happy. Practice is not just for ourselves, but for others and the whole of society.” Thich Nhat Hahn

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  2. with overwhelming wisdom
    encouraging happiness
    it’s a wonder that so many
    fail to dwell happily in the present moment!
    perhaps some of us do not have
    the condition of supportive, happy friends
    to get us over the mind’s speed bump 🙂

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