The Dalai Lama on Happiness

The Dalai Lama on Happiness

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them humanity cannot survive. ~ The Dalai Lama

The paragraph below is the Dalai Lama’s take on the purpose of life which he considers happiness and how to achieve it, this is just the first paragraph, the link will take you to the full reading.  I’m always amazed reading or listening to his words he has an amazing amount of wisdom.  I have a friend who has been blessed enough to have two personal meetings with the Dalai Lama and she tells me that he is every bit as amazing as he appears to be.  More about her and their talks to come soon, have a great day.

The purpose of life

ONE GREAT QUESTION underlies our experience, whether we think about it consciously or not: What is the purpose of life?  I have considered this question and would like to share my thoughts in the hope that they may be of direct, practical benefit to those who read them.

I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy.  From the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering.  Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affect this.  From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment.  I don’t know whether the universe, with its countless galaxies, stars and planets, has a deeper meaning or not, but at the very least, it is clear that we humans who live on this earth face the task of making a happy life for ourselves.  Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.

http://www.dalailama.com/messages/compassion

Check out these posts as well!

Deng Ming-Dao on Happiness

Timeless Thoughts on Inner Peace

Happiness is a Few Minutes of Peace

Fear is Killing Your Happiness

 

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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2 Responses to The Dalai Lama on Happiness

  1. writerworks says:

    Zdeaconblue,
    thanks for sharing your story. i found this article most inspiring; so much that i am going to make transforming my mind to the greater good of others as well as myself a goal this year. is mind training similiar to mediation?

    i’ll keep up updated on my progress.

    diane
    mindofagoddess@word.press.com

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