The Secret to Happiness

You, Me And Happiness

Attaining happiness is not easy for some. However, this does not mean that it is impossible at all. In fact, no matter how variant or abstract it can become, you can always achieve eternal happiness by following science-backed techniques stated in You, Me And Happiness. It is a book written by Helen Muller who herself have experienced the true essence of happiness by researching for years about the ways to attain it. Ultimately, her research has given her the knowledge of the Integration Method (I'm I Am), which is the amalgam of Science, Biology, Emotion and Spirituality, and the Law of Attraction. As you can see, the three lost elements are blended with the law that educates us about the gravity in us. The PDF book essentially focuses on helping you achieve this blend without putting much effort. Not only this, it comes with bonuses unique to each program offered. The one-month program has You, Me And Happiness Workbook and a Monthly Planner. However, the 1-year program has You, me And Happiness Workbook, Four Keys to Happiness, Time for Time, and Focus on Goals as bonuses. All of the bonuses are guides downloadable and printable.

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True Happiness And False Happiness

True happiness is when we really have peace of mind. False happiness is when greed and excitement overcome the mind the mind is agitated. This can become a matter of life and death, because sometimes when we are not mindful, we can meet with an accident. Mindfulness can also make the difference between heaven and hell, because in the Buddha's teaching, kamma resultant depends on good and evil actions. This kamma resultant will bring us to heaven, earth, or hell respectively. Finally, mindfulness makes the difference between Nibbana and Samsara eternal happiness and eternal suffering. Therefore, no matter how we live, where we live, who we are this mindfulness when practised will make a significant difference.

Is Happiness Merely The Absence Of Depression

It is worth bearing in mind that happiness is more than just being free of symptoms of depression. There is strong evidence that the absence or elimination of negative mood states alone does not constitute happiness (Diener & Lucas, 2000). Seligman et al. (2005) said, Even if we were asymptotically successful at removing depression and anxiety and anger, that would not result in happiness. For we believe 'happiness' is a condition over and above the absence of unhappiness (p. 276). Thus, therapists have to carefully consider their goals of treatment Is the greater goal to reduce depression or to increase happiness To reduce pathology or to expand wellness Therapists working with depressed clients must have a keen understanding of what happy people do that contributes to their sense of happiness and experience of well-being. Effective therapeutic interventions in this area are not simply about removing the symptoms of depression and assuming that happiness will automatically follow....

Joy And Happiness piti somanassa

A question arises as to how joy and happiness can arise with the repulsiveness of the skeleton as an object. The answer is that although in this method of attention to repulsiveness the skeleton is really a repulsive object, you have undertaken this meditation seeing the benefits of it and understanding that you will attain freedom from ageing, sickness, and death. Also joy and happiness can arise because you have removed the defilements of the five hindrances which cause the mind to be hot and tired.

The Search for Happiness

All human beings are united by an urge for happiness. We want an experience that takes us beyond our small, separate sense of self a feeling of being at home with ourselves and one another. At the root of even the most terrible addiction or violence lies this urge to be happy. It may be twisted and distorted by ignorance of where happiness is actually to be found yet still, that fundamental longing for genuine happiness is there. The fact that every one of us wants to be happy is one of our most beautiful attributes. It's not something we need be afraid or ashamed of, or that we should feel tentative about. We deserve to be happy, so this urge is actually appropriate. All beings deserve to be happy. When we can combine the yearning for happiness with wisdom, it becomes a homing instinct for freedom. Then we can be inspired to overcome any obstacle. The practice ot metta helps us to honor the urge toward happiness in both ourselves and others. We develop the ability to embrace all...

Feeling Some Level of Happiness or Sadness

Though we may not have sympathy for someone, we always feel something on the spectrum between total happiness and complete sadness. This is because feeling some level of happiness or sadness is an integral part of how we experience each moment of life. Therefore, when we say we feel nothing when we encounter somebody, our impression is inaccurate. If we examine ourselves carefully, we discover that we are actually feeling a low level of either happiness or dissatisfaction. Rarely are our feelings exactly in the middle so that they are neither one nor the other. Moreover, feelings in the low intensity range on either side of neutral are not bland. Nor do they suggest that we care little about anything because nothing impassions us. Such feelings are simply another portion of the happiness sadness spectrum, no more and no less. We can appreciate this point by considering our feelings while looking at the wall. If we lack interest and want to look away, we are dissatisfied. This means...

The Relation Between Love and Happiness

Love is the wish for someone to be happy. Such a wish naturally follows from compassionate sympathy. Though we feel sad at someone's pain and sorrow, feeling morose is difficult while actively wishing the person to be happy. When we stop thinking about ourselves and focus instead on someone's happiness, our heart naturally warms. This automatically brings us a quiet feeling of joy. Thus, when love is selfless and sincere, a gentle happiness accompanies it that is not upsetting. Just as a parent suffering from a headache forgets the pain while comforting his or her sick child, similarly the sadness we feel at someone's misfortune disappears while we radiate thoughts of love.

The Gift A Discovery of Happiness Fulfillment and Love 2nd Ed

A young man's lethargic life is changed when his beloved grandfather dies. A found letter leads him to an uncharted island in search of buried treasure bequeathed only to him. During his quest, he discovers the keys of happiness and fulfillment in his life. Unearthing the treasures, he finds The GIFT and realizes that only by giving it away to everyone he meets can his life by complete and whole. Has a more beautiful and inspiring story ever been written

Happiness In The Face Of Death

I talked to my mother about how desirable it was to die with the mind happy or tranquil. To help her accomplish this I taught her and often guided her through a visualisation of tranquillity and happiness. Thinking of a happy mind in the past immediately gladdens the mind and if you constantly re-visualise it, in no time at all your mind will be filled with happiness.

Accepting Suffering and Giving Happiness

From our clear light heart, a warm and loving concern for the person's welfare now naturally arises. With the wish for him or her to be happy, we try to picture our concern as this happiness and its causes, but in the form of white light. Reinforced by the natural joy of the mind, we try to feel deep happiness ourselves as we imagine the light entering the person and filling him or her with joy. Next, we imagine supplementing our gift of happiness with an additional present of understanding and possible solutions for his or her problems. To do this, we try to tap the abilities of the five types of deep awareness that also endow our clear light mind. We picture our understanding and solutions leaving us also as white light and filling the person. Sometimes, experiencing frustration and displeasure is healthy for our loved one to grow, as with a child learning social skills. In such cases, we may imagine taking away simply the rough edges of the experience...

Overcoming Fear of Unhappiness When Feeling Sympathy

Tibetan masters explain the etymology of karuna, the Sanskrit word for compassion, as connoting that which destroys happiness. When we see someone suffering and feel compassion, we naturally also feel sad. When we mix our compassion with confusion about reality, however, we experience a sadness that upsets us completely. For example, thinking that life cannot continue after a loved one with terminal cancer When we rid ourselves of flightiness, dullness, attraction, repulsion, indifference, and confusion about reality, we achieve a stable peace of mind. Its hallmark is a deep, mature, and quiet feeling of joy. Ironically, we find that if we previously had emotional blocks that prevented us from crying, we now cry more easily. Yet, even when we feel sad about our own or others' suffering and are spontaneously moved to tears, we remain internally composed on an emotional level. We are not crying because of feeling hopeless, lost, or overwhelmed at the injustices of the world. We have no...

Healing Effects Of Happiness

Happiness is something that does not happen every day, something that can be characterized by great satisfaction, bliss, relaxation, roguishness, pleasure, and enthusiasm. Happiness can also be thoughtfulness, and sadness, and especially love. It appears when human desire coincides with their wishes, love, passion, and the realization of this coincidence can be seen. In other words, happiness occurs when all that could make us happy is happens. In this situation, a brain emits a special kind of wave that creates positive changes in the aura. This wave, like the wave of life, moves around and changes its frequency from the lowest to the highest. During this process, it destroys the energy jelly. This process is fast and efficient. There is no healing energy more efficient than the WAVE OF HAPPINESS. Besides its healing effects, it energizes all the life functions stimulates all juices within the organism inspires enthusiasm, strengthens the will. If it is powerful enough, it can boost...


One day a friend found me reading Buddhism and asked, Are you trying to find happiness There is no such thing as a feeling of happiness that is permanent and everlasting. Those feelings of elation and pleasure that arise whenever we come across things, people or events that satisfy and please us are but momentary. As soon as we try to find happiness, we are already on the road to unhappiness. Yes, there is a way out. We will find happiness only when we stop looking for it. That is the paradox. The moment we want happiness, we start to cling to it in our mind. First, we cling to our own idea of happiness. We relate to the outside world as a source of satisfaction and look outward for the things we normally associate with happiness accumulating wealth, success, fame or power. As soon as we become attached to any idea happiness, success or whatever there is already some stress. Clinging is itself a stressful state, and everything that derives from it is also stressful. For example, try...

What Is Happiness

What is happiness Happiness is a mental state which can be attained through the culture of the mind, and is therefore different in origin to physical sources such as wealth, name, fame, social position and popularity which are merely temporary sources of happiness. Whatever we do, we do essentially for happiness, though you may perhaps say this is for money, that is for power, but actually whatever we do is really for happiness. Even in religion what we do is done for happiness, but do we attain it No. Why Because we look for happiness in the wrong places. People think they can find happiness in money, so they try their best to be wealthy, but when they are wealthy are they happy If wealth is a source of happiness, then wealthy people would be happier than poor people, but we find in many cases that the ordinary people who are not very well-to-do are happier than the rich. We have heard even some millionaires who have tried to commit suicide. They would never think of committing...

Introduction Fusion of Five Elements

For more than five thousand years, Taoist masters researched and developed various methods to attain such desirable achievements as long life and happiness. Some of the methods were called External Alchemy, and these included the Immortal Pill, magic potions, crystals, crystal essences, flower essences, precious stones, etc. The highest Taoist masters realized external methods offered only limited help while building dependencies on materials that were difficult to come by.

Question Who was the Buddha

But eventually found that worldly comfort and security do not guarantee happiness. He was deeply moved by the suffering he saw all around and resolved to find the key to human happiness. When he was 29 he left his wife and child and set off to sit at the feet of the great religious teachers of the day to learn from them. They taught him much but none really knew the cause of human suffering or how it could be overcome. Eventually, after six years study and meditation he had an experience in which all ignorance fell away and he suddenly understood. From that day onwards he was called the Buddha, the Awakened One. He lived for another 45 years in which time he traveled all over northern India teaching others what he had discovered. His compassion and patience were legendary and he made thousands of followers. In his eightieth year, old and sick, but still happy and at peace, he finally died.

Personal Magnetism

But even the weaker individuals of the race, or using personal magnetism unconsciously, exert at least some degree of influence upon those around them. It requires but a moment's thought to recognize that some persons emanate an atmosphere of good-cheer, brightness, and happiness, which affects in a desirable way all persons with whom they come in contact. Others, in the same way, are surrounded by an atmosphere of gloom, pessimism and discouragement, which adversely affects persons coming near them. These things are too common to even excite interest among the average persons, but in this phenomena may be found the key to the higher forms of personal magnetism.

Trikaya The Three Bodies of the Buddha

After a Buddha has attained Enlightenment, He is the living embodiment of wisdom, compassion, happiness and freedom. Two thousand five hundred years ago, there was only one Buddha in the Buddhist tradition. He is the historical Sakyamuni the Buddha. However, even during His lifetime, He made the distinction between

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The Buddhas Attitude towards Worldly Knowledge

Food, generate power to run factories and to light up streets and houses, manage factories and businesses, cure sickness, build flats and bridges, cook exotic dishes, and so on. Worldly knowledge can also be used for harmful purposes such as building missiles with nuclear warheads, manipulating the stock market, cheating 'legally', and inflaming political anxiety and hatred. Despite the rapid expansion of worldly knowledge, especially in the twenty-first century, mankind has been brought no nearer to the solution to human problems and eradicating pervasive unsatisfactoriness. In all likelihood, it never will solve human beings' universal problems and bring peace and happiness because of the premises on which such knowledge, discoveries and inventions are built. Worldly knowledge and scientific research should be complemented and balanced with religious and spiritual values. Otherwise such worldly knowledge does not in any way contribute to one's progress in leading a pure, religious...

Contradiction And Compliance

Thus, with the bright side of worldly conditions, such as gain, fame, praise or happiness one feels on top of the world and experiences anurodha. And with the dark side, such as loss, disgrace, blame or misery, one experiences virodha. As for our body, when her bodily appearance is complying with her wishes in her youth, she is satisfied when it is not complying in old age, she is dissatisfied. Hence the expression

Warmth And Metaphor Of Melting Butter Or Creme

When you walk through the woods, you will come to a fork in the road, and you can choose whether you want to go to the right or the left. Up to now you went unconsciously to the left. You did not know how to choose. Now you have the skill and the power to choose the right road, the road of comfort and to a productive and happy life.

See That the Island Is Beautiful

Sometimes we can coax our feelings along a little bit, especially if we are gentle and patient about it. We can cultivate happiness, joy, and peace. But feelings can never be forced. Peace and happiness emerge out of the practice of mindfulness. They are a by-product. The whole point is to experience whatever you are experiencing. You force nothing.

How Jhana is achieved

When thus, absorbed in mindfulness of metta despite the environmental effects of sensational objects, the mind does not make short flights to these sensations but will remain firm, stable and gets implanted on the person who receives the metta wishing him happiness. Rapturous vicara. When samadhi gets strengthened extreme joy or rapture together with the calmness of the mind which are far more increasingly better, will occur without making effort to let the mind inclined and reflected towards the sensation, and also without making investigation into that sensation. This is the achievement of second jhana. At the moment of absorption in a trance of that jhana, intense delight or ecstasy is of the highest degree. If this extremely rapturous feeling piti is not desirable, continuous development and transmission of metta should be made towards the usual recipient of metta, When concentration gets fully developed and strengthened, excellent mental happiness and tranquillity of mind without...

The Three Most Important Things

The three most important things in life are love, kindness and wisdom. If we have made these three values the priorities of our life, then our life will have been well-lived. When we die we can only have happiness when we look back and not regrets. Wealth, fame, power, status, worldly success and pleasures these are insignificant compared to love, kindness and wisdom. Cultivate the latter. If we spend our life cultivating this trio, our birth and life will have been worthwhile it will not have been in vain.

The Mental Phase

It is not from anything these persons have said, for, as we all know, some of the slipperiest persons are often the best and smoothest talkers and some of the best and most dependable persons are often very reticent, and even short in speech. The reason lies deeper that words. It is the feeling that we experience when we come in contact with persons, rather than any report of the reason regarding them. And this feeling is caused by the registry upon our sensitive brain organism of the thought-vibrations of the other person's personal atmosphere. Not only are these things noticed in the person himself or herself, but even the very residences, stores or other places frequented by the individual are also affected by the continuous influence of the thought-vibrations of his or her personal atmosphere. Did you ever notice how some houses produce upon you a feeling of sadness or woe, or worse while others seem to carry within them an air of health and good cheer, happiness and content This...

Buddhism A Modern Perspective

When they know for themselves that certain things are harmful then they should abandon them. When they know for themselves that certain things are beneficial, that they lead to happiness and calm, then they should follow them. The Buddha gives this advice that one has to verify what one hears in the light of one's experience. In the context of the Buddha's advice to the Kalamas, I think what the Buddha is saying is to use your own mind as a test tube. You can see for yourself that when greed and anger are present, they lead to suffering, pain and disturbance. And you can see for yourself that when greed and anger are absent from your mind, it leads to calm, to happiness. It is a very simple experiment which we all can do for ourselves. This is a very important point because what the Buddha has taught will only be effective, will only really change our life if we can carry out this kind of experiment in our life, if we can realize the truth of the...

The Insula in Various Emotions Including Empathy

PET studies of 41 selected subjects showed that a wide variety of brain regions responded when they recalled a personal episode that was ''emotionally powerful.''7 Among the many changes noted, sadness and anger activated the anterior insula on both the right and left sides. In contrast, happiness and fear activated the insula on the right side only.

The Five Jhana Factors

Bliss (sukha) happiness associated about the repulsiveness of bones. A question arises 'How can joy and happiness arise with the repulsiveness of the skeleton as object ' The answer is that, although you are concentrating on the repulsiveness of the skeleton, you have undertaken this meditation because you have understood the benefits of it, and understand that it will help you to eventually attain freedom from ageing, sickness, and death. Joy and happiness can arise also because you have removed the defilements of the five hindrances, which make the mind hot and tired.

How Metta Jhana is achieved

Even if a feeling of loving-kindness occurs wishing others to gain happiness with his mind evenly balanced after the achievement of simasambheda, a Yogi, while developing metta through meditation, experiences nimittam, the first sign of mental illumination. He or she also realises the upacara-jhana. Then after his realisation of upacara-jhana-samadhi, if he continues practising by developing several times the sensation arising out of nimitta, appana-jhana will soon be achieved. This is according to what has been stated in the Visuddhimagga. This appana-jhana is nothing but the three kinds of jhanas as mentioned earlier. Presently, before winding up the second part of this teachings we shall develop metta to gain kusala (merits) and paramita (perfection). We will therefore proceed to contemplate on the vanishing of voice-rupa in the course of our recitation with a sincere and hearty feeling towards all beings for their welfare and happiness.

Everything is Changeable

WE notice how life changes and how it continually moves between extremes and contrasts. We notice rise and fall, success and failure, loss and gain we experience honour and contempt, praise and blame and we feel how our hearts respond to happiness and sorrow, delight and despair, disappointment and satisfaction, fear and hope. These mighty waves of emotion carry us

Question Isnt this a bit pessimistic

ANSWER The dictionary defines pessimism as 'the habit of thinking that whatever will happen will be bad,' or 'The belief that evil is more powerful than good.' Buddhism teaches neither of these ideas. Nor does it deny that happiness exists. It simply says that to live is to experience physical

Misconceptions Regarding Karma

Yet another misconception about karma is that it operates only for certain people according to their faiths. But the destiny of a person in the next life does not in the least depend on what particular religion he or she chooses. Whatever one's religion may be, one's fate depends entirely on deeds committed by body, speech and thought. It does not matter what religious label one holds, one is bound to be in a happy world in the next life so long as one does good deeds and leads an unblemished life. One is bound to be born to lead a wretched life if one commits evil and harbours wicked thoughts in the mind. Therefore, Buddhists do not proclaim that they are the only blessed people who can go to heaven after their death. Whatever religion is professed or without any religious label, karmic thoughts alone determine a person's destiny both in this life and in the next. The teaching of karma does not indicate a post-mortem justice. The Buddha did not teach this law of karma to protect the...

Question What is the Second Noble truth

ANSWER The Second Noble Truth is that all suffering is caused by craving. When we look at psychological suffering, it is easy to see how it is caused by craving. When we want something but are unable to get it, we feel frustrated. When we expect someone to live up to our expectation and they do not, we feel let down and disappointed. When we want others to like us and they don't, we feel hurt. Even when we want something and are able to get it, this does not often lead to happiness either because it is not long before we feel bored with that thing, lose interest in it and commence to want something else. Put simply, the Second Noble Truth says that getting what you want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what you want, try to modify your wanting. Wanting deprives us of contentment and happiness.

Corydon Hammond PhD

This is an ego-strengthening and hypnotic conditioning technique that can give patients a valuable coping method for altering problematic emotional states. Unconscious resources within the patient (e.g., feelings of confidence, happiness, calm, spontaneity) are accessed and then conditioned, so that they may be evoked by the patient whenever needed. This technique may be used for coping with anxiety, anger, cravings (smoking, food, alcohol, drugs), with compulsive disorders, in nailbiting, and with psychosomatic disturbances. In a sense, this method is like the behavioral methods of thought stopping and thought substitution, which can often be made more powerful and automatic through hypnotic conditioning. Failures may occur if this technique is used when unconscious adaptive functions are being served which need to be examined through exploration techniques (e.g., ideomotor signaling), or when strong hostility requires exploration and abreaction. The verbalizations modeled below are...

The Mindfulness Journey

The further we go, the more advanced or nearer we are to the safe haven and to happiness. In this sense, it is like taking a journey. Sometimes we travel along a main road but when the main road is not available we go by a side road. When the main road returns, we go back to it. Sometimes, as we travel on the main road, there is a flood all the side roads and main road are flooded so we travel by river. There comes a time when the water gets too rough, so we take a plane or helicopter. Why do we have to do that Because time is getting short, the night is falling and dangers are approaching. Mindfulness is something like that. We meet with different objects. The objects are our path, our road. The further we go, the more advanced or nearer we are to the safe haven and to happiness. The main road is like the main object of the body it is solid like the main road, more solid than the other foundations of feelings and mind. It is the main object that...

The Power of the Mind

Your mind can do some very remarkable things. It can calculate answers to problems at speeds only exceeded by the guy in the car behind you hitting his horn when the light turns green for you. (The brain cranks out rapid- fire answers to questions like these Should you hit the brakes Should you pick up the stranded motorist Should you donate to the person collecting at the front door Do you buy Dove or Ivory ) The unconscious mind decides all of the answers to these questions so you don't have to think about it at the conscious level. If you had to consciously decide what to do in every single situation in life you would be completely overwhelmed and never get anything done. The wonderful thing about the unconscious mind is that once it understands something it will take care of it for you without asking for further advice from the conscious mind. Your unconscious mind automatically brakes when necessary and drives by the motorist as you call 911 on your cell phone. The unconscious...

Question What is the Third Noble Truth

ANSWER The Third Noble Truth is that suffering can be overcome and happiness attained. This is perhaps the most important of the Four Noble Truths because in it the Buddha reassures us that true happiness and contentment are possible. When we give up useless craving and learn to live each day at a time, enjoying without restless wanting the experiences that life offers us, patiently enduring the problems that life involves without fear, hatred and anger, then we become happy and free. Then, and only then, do we being to live fully. Because we are no longer obsessed with satisfying our own selfish wants, we find we have so much time to help others fulfil their needs. This state is called Nirvana. We are free from all psychological suffering as well. This is called Final Nirvana.

Buddhist Education Cultural Practices

Another common practice among Buddhists is to hold blessing services in their new homes. Whenever people move into new dwelling houses, or when shifting house from one locality to another, it is the general custom among Buddhists to invite monks to perform blessing services so as to ensure that the place will be well protected spiritually as well as be a peaceful abode for all who dwell in it where happiness, peace and harmony will pervade. Similarly, such blessing services could also be performed when occupying new business premises, or whenever a new business is launched.

Practice the Four Immeasurable Minds Brahmaviharas

Love, in the sense intended here, sometimes translated as lov-ingkindness, means the intention to offer joy and happiness to other beings. Compassion means the intention to offer skillful help to relieve suffering. The brahma-vihara of joy is filled with peace and contentment. Some traditions emphasize joy in the good fortune of others rather than of oneself, but in the light of interbeing, it does not matter whether joy is for ourselves or for another. Equanimity is the capacity to see things clearly and without attachment or reactivity. It is a kind of peace that comes from not insisting that things always go as we would prefer them to. It is letting go and letting be.

Ecumenical Developments Dialogue

Metta goes hand in hand with helpfulness and willingness to forego self-interest in order to promote the welfare and happiness of mankind It is metta which in Buddhism is the basis for social progress. It is this metta that attempts to break all barriers which separate one from another. There is no reason

Shifting Our Focus from Mind and Ourselves to Mental Activity

The English word feeling has many meanings. These include a physical sensation, an emotion, a level of happiness or sadness, a level of sensitivity, and an aesthetic sense. A feeling may also be an imagined experience, an urge to do something, an intuition, an impression, an opinion, or a sense of identity or reality. We may feel hungry, angry, happy, sensitive, or creative. We may try to feel what it is like to fly, or we may feel like eating. We may also feel that something wonderful will happen, that we are at an important point in our life, that something is not right, or that we are talented. Here, we are using the word feeling to mean a sense of reality.

E fundamentals in raice

If all of us put the teachings of the Buddha into practice, there is no doubt that we will realize their benefits. If we seek to avoid harming others, if we try our best to help others whenever possible, if we learn to be mindful, if we learn to develop our ability to concentrate our minds, if we cultivate wisdom through study, careful consideration, and meditation, there is no doubt that the Dharma will benefit us. It will first lead us to happiness and prosperity in this life and in the next. Eventually, it will lead us to the ultimate goal of liberation, the supreme bliss of nirvana.

Is Buddhism an Ethical System

It should be mentioned that any external supernatural agency plays no part whatever in the moulding of the character of a Buddhist. In Buddhism there is no one to reward or punish. Pain or happiness are the inevitable results of one's actions. The question of incurring the pleasure or displeasure of a God does not enter the mind of a Buddhist. Neither hope of reward nor fear of punishment acts as an incentive to him to do good or to refrain from evil. A Buddhist is aware of future consequences, but he refrains from evil because it retards, does good because it aids progress to Enlightenment (Bodhi). There are also some who do good because it is good, refrain from evil because it is bad.

Is Buddhism a Theory or a Philosophy

Buddhism is a righteous way of life for the peace and happiness of every living being. it is a method to get rid of miseries and to find liberation. The Teaching of the Buddha is not limited to one nation or race. It is neither a creed nor mere faith. It is a Teaching for the entire universe. It is a Teaching for all time. Its objectives are selfless service, good-will, peace, salvation and deliverance from suffering.

Reciting the Buddhas Name When Happy

Happiness derives either from our interaction with other human beings or from favorable events. Although the causes may be trivial, this kind of happiness is part of the human condition. You should realize, however, that such happiness is ephemeral - it is false, not true. Use those moments of happiness to return the light inward and recite the Buddha's name. You should then avail yourself of the Buddha's light and within the context of those joyful events, abandon your negative thoughts to cultivate good deeds continuously for the rest of your life. You will then surely be reborn in the Pure Land, a great happiness indeed Commentary. During our lifetime, we experience few moments of happiness but many of suffering. Even when we are happy, that happiness is ephemeral, lasting but a moment and then giving way to the numerous sufferings which torment sentient beings. Therefore, what is enduring about that happiness, that should make us proud, grasping and clinging to it

Is Buddhism Atheistic

THE Buddha has condemned godlessness by which He meant the denial of worship and renunciation, the denial of moral, spiritual and social obligations, and the denial of a religious life. He recognized most emphatically the existence of moral and spiritual values. He acclaimed the supremacy of the moral law. Only in one sense can Buddhism be described as atheistic, namely, in so far as it denies the existence of an eternal omnipotent God or God-head who is the creator and ordainer of the world and who can miraculously save others. The word 'atheism', however, frequently carries a number of disparaging overtones or implications which are in no way applicable to the Buddha's Teaching. Those who use the word 'atheism', often associate it with a materialistic doctrine that knows nothing beyond this world of the senses and the slight happiness it can bestow. Buddhism advocates nothing of that sort. Buddhism agrees with other religions that true and lasting happiness cannot be found in this...

The Goal of the Buddhas Teaching

The goal of the Buddha's teachings is to help and guide us to break through our delusion, to be awakened and escape this suffering and to obtain happiness. What do we seek in Buddhism We seek Annuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi, the Perfect Complete Enlightenment. The Buddha teaches and hopes that all of us will attain this ultimate enlightenment, in other words, will become a Buddha. From this, we can comprehend intuitively the difference between Buddhism and worldly education. From the Buddha, we learn the true teachings and proper enlightenment. only with this proper enlightenment can one escape all sufferings to obtain true happiness. As human beings, we undergo the sufferings of birth, old age, sickness and death. We do not attain what we seek, are parted with our loved ones and find ourselves in the presence of those whom we resent or even hate. We are surrounded by all these sufferings with no apparent way of being truly free. only after learning Buddhism will we be able to reach genuine...

It is the Noble Eightfold Path which consists of right understanding right thoughts right speech right action right

Buddhism rests on the pivot of sorrow. But it does not thereby follow that Buddhism is pessimistic. It is neither totally pessimistic nor totally optimistic, but, on the contrary, it teaches a truth that lies midway between them. One would be justified in calling the Buddha a pessimist if He had only enunciated the Truth of suffering without suggesting a means to put an end to it. The Buddha perceived the universality of sorrow and did prescribe a panacea for this universal sickness of humanity. The highest conceivable happiness, according to the Buddha, is Nibbana, which is the total extinction of suffering. The author of the article on Pessimism in the Encyclopedia Britannica writes Pessimism denotes an attitude of hopelessness towards life, a vague general opinion that pain and evil predominate in human affairs. The original doctrine of the Buddha is in fact as optimistic as any optimism of the West. To call it pessimism is merely to apply to it a characteristically Western...

Let Your Peace Return to

When Buddhism talks about no self, it means that there is no separate self apart from our context. We cannot expect to be in a destructive environment with extremely difficult people without it affecting us. If you find yourself in a very destructive work environment, it may not be enough to bear it stoically. Perhaps you should get out. Nothing is worth the sacrifice of your peace and joy. You may think you are suffering for others' sake, but when you lose your peace and happiness, you not only add to your own suffering, but you increase the suffering of those around you. For if you let yourself become miserable, then others have to deal with a miserable, unhappy person.

The Need for a Religion

Senses is to eliminate desire which is the root of our disturbances. It is very important for us to have contentment. The more people crave for their property, the more they have to suffer. Property does not give happiness. A great many rich people in the world today are suffering from numerous physical and mental problems. With all the money they have, they cannot buy a solution to their problems. Yet, the poorest people who have learnt to have contentment may enjoy their lives far more than the richest people do. As one rhyme goes

Searching for a Purpose in Life

Why they aim thus, they will reply that these achievements will give them a purpose in life and make them happy. But will these achievements bring lasting happiness Everyone aims for happiness in life, yet they suffer more in the process. 'The value of life lies not in the length of the days, but in the use we make of them. People may live long without doing any service to anybody and thus, live very little'.

Wisdom of the Ages

Similarly, this world is its own kind of illusion. If you think about it, success is not something that grows in the forest. Happiness cannot be bought at the store. Fulfillment doesn't happen when it rains. In other words, the world is a physical object. We ride upon it, raise its dust for a while, and then we leave it. By itself, it has no meaning other than the meaning we assign to it in our own minds. Thus, we are creatures devoted to assigning meaning to things. If we focus too closely on the forms and objects, such as our physical urges might suggest to us, then we'll be in danger of losing the bigger picture, where the ultimate meaning above our collective understanding exists. Rumi said this

Buddhism for Human Beings in Society

Conclusions after casually reading or hearing something about Buddhism. Some people form their impression of Buddhism after reading articles or books that give only a partial or lopsided view of Buddhism. The authors of such articles and books have only a limited understanding of the Buddha's Teaching. His Teaching is not meant only for monks in monasteries. The Teaching is also for ordinary men and women living at home with their families. The Noble Eightfold Path is the Buddhist way of life that is intended for all people. This way of life is offered to all mankind without any distinction. When four aspects of life i.e., Family life, Business life, Social life and Spiritual life are satisfactorily harmonized, lasting happiness is gained. his or her life in solitude, thinking only of personal happiness and salvation, without caring for his or her fellowmen, this surely is not completely in keeping with the Buddha's Teaching which is based on love, compassion and service to others.

The True Cause of Suffering

Even those who wish to find happiness and overcome misery Will wander with no aim nor meaning If they do not comprehend the secret of the mind The paramount significance of Dharma. 7. It keeps us in samsaric suffering endlessly, stopping the experience of true happiness.

For Further Contemplation

Loving-kindness, called maitri in Sanskrit, is the first of the Four Immeasurables, and it means a heartfelt yearning that others might experience happiness and the sources of happiness. In response to the question What is the meaning of life many of the great contemplatives, saints, and religious leaders of the past East and West have answered that life's meaning is just that the pursuit of happiness. That's pretty good news. We wanted to do that anyway, and if that is also the meaning of life, great But on further investigation, the quest for happiness brings up some provocative and also disturbing issues. When we think of the pursuit of happiness, what kinds of things do we have in mind How do we envision spending the days of our lives striving for it Of course one relevant issue is simply survival. It's hard to be happy if we can't even survive, if we feel our very lives are imperiled. Then once we have taken care of survival, we want security, and with that we would also include...

Open to a Different Reality

Metta meditation, together with the practice of skillful listening, speaking, and doing, when pursued with a gentle, patient persistence, creates a new world. This new world is like a mirror image in which you must move the opposite way from what you expect. The things we do in this world are strangely backward. The more we grasp, the less we have. The more we give away, the happier we feel. Nor is this a matter of doing anything noble, self-sacrificing, or in any moralistic way praiseworthy. It is simply that you come to see that certain actions have certain results. Some actions create suffering. Some create happiness. Contrary to so-called common sense, reality is not divided up in such a way that my happiness and yours are at odds, with an increase in one representing a decrease in the other. In fact, since we are not two, there is no split in happiness, no collection of competing happinesses. I give to you knowing that it will increase your happiness, which will increase mine,...

Essence of the Heart produces the Red Virgin Child and the Pheasant

At the most intense moment of color and feeling, form the glowing red light into a virgin boy or girl, dressed in the red color. Watch the boy or girl breathe out a red breath, or sense the love, joy, and happiness. Form the breath or the feeling into a red pheasant. Make a strong connection with the virgin child and the pheasant, and instantly, at any time, you can restore a sense of love, joy, and happiness within yourself. (Fig. 6.2)

Ridding Ourselves of Upsetting Feelings That Block Sensitivity

Any feeling on the spectrum of happiness sadness can be of two For example, being happy may give us a greater capacity to be helpful to people in pain. Yet, if confusion makes our own happiness appear as the most wonderful and important thing in the world, we become attached and possessive when experiencing it. We do not want to meet or deal with anyone having problems, because it will ruin our good mood. Happiness experienced in this inflated way is an upsetting experience, despite it being pleasurable and even exhilarating. Because we are worried about being robbed of our pleasure, this type of happiness renders us insensitive to others and to ourselves. We often notice this syndrome in people who are under the influence of recreational drugs. Furthermore, if we do not have this seemingly wonderful, yet elusive happiness, we become fixated on attaining it. This also causes us to act insensitively toward others, for instance by being obsessed with our orgasm when having sex. Balanced...

The Buddhist Way of Life for Householders

A man* named Dighajanu once visited the Buddha and said, 'Venerable Sir, we are ordinary laymen, leading a family life with wife and children. Would the Blessed One teach us some doctrines which will be conducive to our happiness in this world and hereafter ' The Buddha told him that there are four things which are conducive to a human's happiness in this world. (1) he should be skilled, efficient, earnest, and energetic in whatever profession he is engaged, and he should know it well (utthana-sampada) (2) he should Then the Buddha expounds the four virtues conducive to a layman's happiness hereafter (1) Saddha he should have faith and confidence in moral, spiritual and intellectual values (2) Sila he should abstain from destroying and harming life, from stealing and cheating, from adultery, from falsehood, and from intoxicating drinks (3) Caga he should practise charity, generosity, without attachment and craving for his wealth (4) Panna he should develop wisdom which leads to the...

Life By Design Your Handbook for Transformational Living

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Cultivate Loving Speech

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and deep listening in order to bring joy and happiness to others and relieve others of their suffering. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am determined to speak truthfully, with words that inspire self-confidence, joy, and hope. I will not Above all, right speech is loving speech. Its aim is to relieve suffering and create happiness. And if it is also to be rooted in truth, it is still more important that it be loving. There may of course be times when we have to speak words that will, in the short run, cause some pain, when we must be cruel to be kind. But this is a dangerous area. For one thing, when we get self-righteous about speaking the truth, we may often be rationalizing an intention to hurt, using our truth as a sledgehammer an instrument of our anger. And for another, the truth we speak is our own, partial and relative....

Training to Respond to Problems with Nonupsetting Feelings

Balanced sensitivity to someone's problems requires listening with sympathy and sadness and then responding warmly by trying to comfort and cheer the person. The traditional Mahayana method for training to do this with nonupsetting feelings is tonglen (taking and giving). As an advanced practice, it requires emotional stability, strength, and courage, gained, for example, through training with the previous sixteen exercises. We take on others' suffering and give them our happiness. With a feeling of compassion, we imagine others' pain, sorrow, sickness, or injury as a black light that leaves them, freeing them from it. This light then enters us as we breathe in we experience the suffering that it represents and the light subsequently dissolves at our heart. We then generate a loving wish for them to be happy. As we exhale, we imagine this happiness leaving our heart as white light. This light fills them completely with health, well-being, and soothing joy. Several points are crucial...

Some preliminary exercises for generating compassion

When you're having difficulty with a loved one or friend, look beyond your conflict and the role this person plays in your life, and spend some time reflecting on the fact that this person is a human being just like you. She has the same desire for happiness and well-being, the same fear of suffering, the same need for love. Notice how this meditation changes your feelings for her and affects your difficulties.

Sample Script for Finding Love

As you relax, drifting and floating peacefully and completely, see and feel yourself becoming more confident, choosing to be and feel attractive, desirable, and irresistible. You find yourself connecting with everyone you meet easily and effortlessly. Because you are self-confident, self-assured, and secure, you are irresistible. Now, imagine the perfect mate. See the qualities you admire reflected in your perfect mate hair, eyes, body, laugh, voice, outlook, philosophy, and interests. See your perfect mate now, and feel how good it feels to be with your perfect mate. Know now that you are open to accepting your perfect mate into your life. You deserve love. You deserve happiness. You deserve to give and receive love now. And you understand that you are open to receiving your perfect mate into your life now.

The Buddhas great compassion

After attainment of the full Enlightenment as a Buddha, he could have found happiness without having to worry about teaching, and lived comfortably. However, for the entire period of forty-five Vassa (years), inasmuch as he had to impart his noble Teachings day and night without rest, he had to undergo a lot of physical hardship and strain. This benevolent performance with relentless effort was done simply because of his Universal Love and Great Compassion for all beings who are drifting along endlessly in the miserable whirlpool of Samsara. to gain happiness for being deterred by his unparalleled Karuna.

Equanimity in Relationships

Sometimes, we slip into a sense of owning people and trying to manage them. You might be in a helping relationship with somebody, trying to support her healing. It's easy, in this situation, to feel impatient Why aren't you better yet Why aren't you moving along in line with my vision of what your happiness should look like When this happens, it takes balance, wisdom, and understanding to regain your equanimity. As much as you love someone and try to help her, as much compassion as you might have for her, things are the way that they are. Ultimately, you cannot control someone else's lite. You can't control her choices, and by extension, you can't control her happiness or unhappiness. An example with which many of us can identify is that of a self-destructive friend. Perhaps this person is isolating himself, or drinking too much, or practicing unsafe sex. From the viewpoint of lovingkindness and compassion, you wish wholeheartedly and intensely that your friend be free of suffering....

Doubt concerning the Sangha

But we can to a certain extent or degree, judge from the behaviour, the way the person speaks and his teachings, whether that person is learned in the Dhamma or not. A more general understanding of confidence in the Sangha is that you have the confidence that people can be enlightened, that they can achieve the state of the unconditioned, the everlasting happiness. You too can

The manner of developing Mudita

'Mudita means rejoicing and getting pleased. It is rejoicing with others in their happiness and prosperity. Some people do not wish to see others prosper, happy and successful in their life's career. This reflects the nature of Envy and Jealousy. In Pali language, it is called issa . The said mudita is diametrically opposite to issa , the Envy. A person who is overwhelmed with the feeling of envy will not be desirous of seeing others becoming prosperous and happy. Nor is he inclined to see others being endowed with a large number of attendants (retinue), handsome Feeling of mudita should be spread out or radiated, first and foremost, to a very intimate friend who is in the habit of speaking with a smile on his face. Or, when a beloved one who has become wealthy and prosperous, smartly dressed with happiness is seen or heard ( modati vatayam satto aho sadhu aho sutthu), mudita feeling of rejoicing In the statement given in the Visuddhimagga as earlier stated in regard to developing...

Pure Land Buddhism as Otherworldly

Among the many varieties of Buddhism, the Pure Land teaching most deserves the epithet other-worldly, often erroneously applied to Buddhism as a whole. Pure Land doctrine teaches that this world is an arena of unavoidable suffering and frustration, and holds out the vivid prospect of rebirth in another, better world, where sickness, pain and death do not exist. This world is a hopeless trap, from which we can escape only by the power of Amitabha. Unless we attain rebirth in the Pure Land, peace and happiness, to say nothing of enlightenment, are beyond reach.

Question So what according to Buddhism is wisdom

ANSWER The highest wisdom is seeing that in reality all phenomena are incomplete, impermanent, and not self. This understanding is totally freeing and leads to the great security and happiness which is called Nirvana. However, the Buddha doesn't speak too much about this level of wisdom. It is not wisdom if we simply believe what we are told. True wisdom is to directly see and understand for ourselves. At this level then, wisdom is to keep an open mind rather than being closed-minded, listening to other points of view rather than being bigoted to carefully examine facts that contradict our beliefs, rather than burying our heads in the sand to be objective rather than prejudiced and partisan to take time about forming our opinions and beliefs rather than just accepting the first or most emotional thing that is offered to us and to always be ready to change our beliefs when facts that contradict them are presented to us. A person who does this is certainly wise and is certain to...

Components of Sympathy

Balanced sensitivity not only requires serenity, equanimity, and feeling a level of happiness or sadness that is not upsetting, but also requires sympathy. Sympathy is a complex of several emotions and attitudes, each of which spans a spectrum. The three major ones are empathy, compassion, and willingness to become involved. As with the happiness sadness spectrum, some element of each factor accompanies our encounter with anyone.

The Result Of Tranquility And Insight

Insight, being an awareness of the intrinsic nature of phenomena, is said to produce peace and happiness for the present and to bring about liberation from the three planes of existence. All experiences of happiness that abound in the buddhas, In their sons, the awakened hearers, and the lonely buddhas,29 As well as in celestial and other sentient beings, Originate from supreme transcendental wisdom.

Compassion Is e Only

Happiness is being completely mindful, so mindful that there is no thought, no sense of 'I' Uis happiness comes when all thoughts of past and future do not occur. No 'I', no tomorrow, no plan. In that time that moment there isn't an 'I' experiencing that bliss. ere is only the happiness. Real happiness has no reason. happiness comes without being invited. 'Why am I so happy '

E form and formless spheres

Five factors of absorption jhananga) are crucial to developing the states of meditation that result in the type of consciousness belonging to the form and formless spheres (i) initial application (vitakka), (ii) sustained application (vichara), (iii) interest, enthusiasm, or rapture (piti), (iv) happiness or bliss (sukha), and (v) one-pointedness (ekaggata). ese five factors are also evident in most types of consciousness, including the sense-sphere consciousness and even the consciousness of some of the more developed animals. e five factors also help elevate one's consciousness from the sense sphere to the form and formless spheres by removing the five hindrances (nivarana) initial application corrects sloth and torpor sustained application corrects doubt enthusiasm corrects ill-will happiness corrects restlessness and worry and one-pointedness corrects sensual desire. It may be helpful to contrast interest (piti) and happiness (sukha) to understand the relationship between the two....

Overcoming Alienation from Feelings

The Kagyu approach to overcoming this problem is to see that our mind normally tears in half our experiences of levels of happiness. It makes them deceptively appear as two opposing elements, me and them, that is, the feelings appear as other. Conceiving of feelings as existing like that alienates us from them. It blocks us from responding to others and to ourselves with sensitive spontaneity. We may think, for example, that we will not allow ourselves to feel happy because we do not deserve it. In addition, we may not allow ourselves to feel sad because we are afraid we might lose control. Further, we may not allow ourselves to feel neutral because then we are not really responding to someone. Consequently, we force ourselves and fake feeling happy or sad at someone's news, which does not fool anyone. We act as if feelings of happiness or sadness were somewhere menacingly or alluringly out there. It then seems as if we were sitting Furthermore, a serene state of mind is a happy mind....

Ten Mental Factors That Accompany Each Moment of Experience

All abhidharma systems accept five ever-functioning mental factors. These are urges, distinguishing, attention, contacting awareness, and feeling some level of happiness. Certain systems include five more factors by defining them in their broadest sense mindfulness, interest, concentration, discrimination, and intention. We shall follow their lead. (5) Feeling refers exclusively to feeling some level of happiness - in other words, happy, neutral, or unhappy. It is always in harmony with the tone of the contacting awareness that also accompanies the experience it characterizes. To understand these ten, let us take an example from everyday life. Suppose we have a young daughter and we have put her to bed for the night. An urge causes us later to look in her room. When we do so, we distinguish a form on the bed from the shape and color of the bed itself. We then focus on the form with attention. Moreover, we pay attention to the form as the sight of our child and as a pleasant sight to...

The Body and Feeling Together in Review

In the initial stages of practice there will be pain in both body and mind. There are the aches from sitting in unaccustomed positions and the mind's discomfort from being forced to be still and calm when it has never practised before. Realize that this is painful feeling arising in outside attractions with their baited hook. Past bodily comfort and that feeling of pleasure are then used to lure it into pain. The mind habitu-ally-thinking-as-it-likes is distressed when it is forced to gather into calm. However, with patience, persistence and unwavering determination, such pain will fade away and happiness will arise. The body will then be at ease and the mind serene. Always be watchful and lead the mind back to its samadhi object so that it becomes stilled and free from sensuality and all unwholesome states. You can then be confident that the happiness which you experience is completely untainted by external lures and is born from tranquillity. This happiness gives a taste of the...

The Instruments for Practice

When one has yet to experience the rewards of rapture and happiness, then one's practice will tend to feel frustrating and tiresome. However, with the continued development of applied and sustained thought, rapture and happiness will arise and then the one-pointedness of samadhi will be born as the first fruits of one's samadhi practice. This by itself will give satisfaction in one's practice and enable it to develop and flourish.

The Need for Deconstruction Methods

When we discover, on the other hand, that our overreaction is due to belief in an inflated dualistic appearance, it is not so simple. Suppose, for example, that whenever we think about our friend it feels as though we cannot live without hearing from him or her each day. We believe that this person is the key to true happiness. Even if we know intellectually that this is sheer nonsense, such strong emotions are involved that we find it difficult to dismiss the feeling when it arises.

The Sensitivity Handbook

Exercise 8 Appreciating the Clear Light Nature of Mental Activity Exercise 9 Accessing the Natural Talents of Our Mind and Heart Exercise 10 Applying the Five Types of Deep Awareness Exercise 11 Validating the Appearances We Perceive Exercise 12 Visualizing Life's Changes Exercise 13 Dissecting Experiences into Parts and Causes Exercise 14 Seeing Experiences as Waves on the Ocean Exercise 15 Combining Compassion with Deconstruction Exercise 16 Adjusting Our Innate Mental Factors Exercise 17 Accepting Suffering and Giving Happiness Exercise 18 Making Sensitive Decisions

Awareness is devoid of any action

When there is anger in our minds, there is no room for happiness. When mindfulness occupies the whole of our minds, there is no room for any thought or emotion to arise at that specific mind-moment. There is pure attentiveness. When this attentiveness is total, the perpetual roller-coaster state of the mind is broken the mind finds a balanced footing in itself. Then awareness can arise on its own accord.

Practicing a half smile

If you look closely at the classical statues of the Buddha or at the faces of Renaissance madonnas, you'll notice a half smile that signifies a blend of tranquillity and joy. The Vietnamese Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh suggests that you can actually lift your mood and restore your innate happiness by smiling consciously, even when your spirits are low. A tiny bud of a smile on our lips nourishes awareness and calms us miraculously, he writes in Peace Is Every Step. It returns us to the peace we thought we had lost.

Being Peace with Every Step Extending Meditation in Action

Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. What a precious gift We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others. . . . Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.

Signs of Right Meditation

Are meditating, that also is a positive sign. If our appearance remains young, that is a good sign. Our thoughts remaining calm is a good sign. Not having strong thoughts when our relatives come to visit, that is a good sign. These are all signs that our meditation is going well. When others slander or praise us and we do not care, this is a good sign also. Even though we receive teachings from the Buddha himself, we do not have any expectations. We are not disappointed if there are no results. These are good signs. We can see inside our body, or see omens or practice telepathy these powers come naturally. We can see the six realms of rebirth and see the sufferings of the beings therein. At night, it is no longer dark for us and we can see clearly. This is a sign. These are all good signs and there is nothing better than this. We meditate and, spontaneously and effortlessly, these results come. We feel comfortable and undistracted. We always remain at the same level of evenmindedness....

The Significance of Transference of Merits to the Departed

ACCORDING to Buddhism, good deeds or 'acts of merit' bring happiness to the doer both in this world and in the hereafter. Acts of merit are also believed to lead towards the final goal of everlasting happiness. The acts of merit can be performed through body, speech or mind. Every good deed produces 'merit' (store of positive spiritual well being) which accumulates to the 'credit' of the doer. Buddhism also teaches that the acquired merit can be transferred to others it can be shared vicariously with others. In other words, the merit is 'transferable' and so can be shared with other persons. The persons who receive the merit can be either living or departed ones. Transferring merits to the departed is based on the popular belief that on a person's death, his or her 'merits' and 'demerits' are weighed against one another and destiny is thus determined. Lifetime actions determine whether one is to be reborn in a sphere of happiness or a realm of woe. The belief is that the departed one...

Human Beings are their own Jailors

Why do human beings have their hands tied so firmly The reason is that there are various bad elements within them. These elements are dangerous and harmful to all living creatures. For the past few thousand years, all religions have been trying to tame this unreliable attitude and to teach mankind how to live a noble life. But it is most unfortunate that they are still not ready to be trustworthy, however good they may appear to be. Human beings still continue to harbour all these evil elements within themselves. These evil elements are not introduced or influenced by external sources but are created by themselves. If these evil forces are made by themselves they must work hard to get rid of them after recognising their danger. Unfortunately the majority of people are cruel, cunning, wicked, ungrateful, unreliable, unscrupulous. If they are allowed to live according to their own free will without moderation and restraint, they would most definitely violate the peace and happiness of...

Ten Meritorious and Ten Evil Actions

And can improve the quality of the mind. While the material wealth a person gathers can be lost by theft, flood, fire, confiscation, etc., the benefit of merits follow from life to life and cannot be lost, although it can be exhausted if no attempts are made to perform more merits. A person will experience happiness here and now as well as hereafter through the performance of merit. benefit oneself, but others as well, besides giving benefits to the recipients. Moral conduct benefits all beings with whom one comes into contact. Mental culture brings peace to others and inspires them to practise the Dharma. Reverence gives rise to harmony in society, while service improves the lives of others. sharing merits with others shows that one is concerned about others' welfare, while rejoicing in others' merits encourages others to perform more merits. Teaching and listening to the Dharma are important factors for happiness for both the teacher and listener, while encouraging both to live in...

Translation of the Sharing of Merits prompted by the Sayadaw and recited by the disciples at all occasions

Venerable Sir, on this (Vesak) day, we have acquired the merits of dana kusala sila kusala bhavana kusala, veyyavacca kusala, dhamma savana kusala. By the strength of these merits, starting from today, may all dangers disappear. May we maintain health and happiness. In all our future existences, may we be able to practise to fulfill all perfections (paramitas), as all Bodhisattas and all noble people have done.

The practice of the presence of

Here's a time-honored practice that has counterparts in all the world's great spiritual traditions. When you catch a glimpse of the sacred, you can practice seeing it everywhere you look, in everyone and everything. One ancient Zen master used to say Buddha Buddha to every being he encountered. When the contemporary Tibetan teacher Kalu Rinpoche visited an aquarium in San Francisco, he went around tapping the glass to get the fishes' attention so he could bless them and wish them happiness and well-being.

Reflecting on the pros cons

As such, a person who has achieved the third jhana through the development of metta, karuna and mudita, must practise this jhana to become proficient in it. After arising from the trance of that third jhana, he should ponder upon the faults of metta-jhana and so on. It should be reflected as These jhanas being closely connected and conjoined with the innermost feeling of loving attachment to beings wishing them happiness, it is linked with love or hate. As it is combined with joy and exultant feeling, the fault of it must be reflected upon and understood as rude and vulgar. The noble faculty and attributes of upekkha should be reflected upon and realised, imagining that upekkhajhana which views things

Human Beings and Religion

Some religious practices grew as a result of the development of human knowledge, experience and wisdom. The rational approach to religion had been adopted in this case, incorporating the principles of human value and natural or universal laws. It is based on humanism and concentrates on the cultivation of humane qualities. A religion of cause and effect or karma is based on the principle of self-help and assumes that the individual alone is responsible for his or her own happiness and suffering as well as salvation. A religion of wisdom is based on the application of reason and seeks to understand life and the reality of worldly conditions through analytical knowledge. Science asks and seeks to explain what the world is while religion asks what mankind and society should become. The fostering of harmlessness and goodwill are common elements found in religion. A religion of peace is based on the principle of causing no harm to oneself as well as others, and its followers are urged to...

Suffering in the Three Lower Rgalms6

Among all causes of happiness, The elimination of craving Is the lord of happinesses. Among all suffering, End the session with the practice of giving and taking, completely emptying the lower realms of existence of suffering and establishing all beings in peace, happiness and prosperity all according to their own needs. Send a cooling rain to the hot hells, warm sunshine to the beings in the cold hells, a banquet of delicious food and drink to the hungry ghosts and so on. Offer them the precious Dharma until they become completely fully awakened Buddhas. In Due to all these merits may all the father and mother sentient beings have all happiness, and may the lower realms be empty forever. Wherever there are bodhisattvas may all their prayers be accomplished immediately. May I cause all this by myself alone.

Buddhist Missionaries

'Go forth, O Bhikkhus, for the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the good, benefit, and happiness of gods and men.' (The Buddha) Buddhism was the first spiritual force known to us in history which drew closely together large numbers of races which were separated by the most difficult barriers of distance, language, culture and morals. Its motive was not the acquisition of international commerce, empire-building or to follow the migratory impulse and occupy fresh territory. Its aim was to show how people could gain more peace and happiness through the practice of Dharma.

Form the Virgin Children and the Protective Animals

Recheck the heart and its collection point. Sense the collection point and the heart illuminating with a bright, red light. Feel the virtue energy of love, joy, and happiness in the heart. Form it into a virgin child, and sense the child breathing out a red breath that changes into the form of a red pheasant. Place both in the heart's collection point.

Age Regression To A Specific Date Time Or Event

Competence at regressing a willing subject to a positive event using a predetermined date, time or place, we can move on to using Affect Bridge. But rather than using feelings associated with life problems like we do in therapy, I will have the students age regress to a predetermined time or place, then have the subject connect with a positive feeling (i.e., love, joy, happiness, etc.) and then use Affect Bridge to go to an earlier time when she felt that way. This is a very safe and practical way to practice using both regression to a time and regression using affect.

Some good reasons for keeping it open

I Peace and well-being When your heart is filled with love, you feel happy and peaceful for no external reason. In fact, love, happiness, joy, peace, and well-being are just different names and versions of the same basic energy the loving, life-giving energy of the heart.

Limitations of Science

Science attempts to understand the outer world and has barely scratched the surface of humanity's inner world. Even the science of psychology has not really fathomed the underlying cause of human mental unrest. When a person is frustrated and disgusted with life, and the inner world of this person is filled with disturbances and unrest, science today is very much ill-equipped to help him or her. The social sciences which cater for human environment may bring a certain degree of happiness. But unlike animals, humans require more than mere physical comfort and

Buddhist Views on Marriage

MARRIAGE is a social convention, an institution created by human beings for their well being and happiness to differentiate human society from animal life and to maintain order and harmony in the process of procreation. Even though the Buddhist texts are silent on the subject of monogamy or polygamy, the Buddhist lay person is advised to limit himself or herself to one spouse. The Buddha did not lay rules on married life but gave necessary advice on how to live a happy married life. There

VDhamma Niyama order of the norm eg the natural phenomena occurring at the advent of a Boddhisatta in his last birth

It must also be said that such phraseology as rewards and punishments should not be allowed to enter into discussions concerning the problem of Kamma. For Buddhism does not recognize an Almighty Being who rules His subjects and rewards and punishes them accordingly. Buddhists, on the contrary, believe that sorrow and happiness one experiences are the natural outcome of one's own good and bad actions. It should be stated that Kamma has both the continuative and the retributive principle.

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Of comfort was a tiny Buddha image which he had with him. Of course the image itself had no magical power. But what it symbolized was the great qualities of the Buddha who had himself remained calm and unaffected by the attacks made against him by his enemies and it was this symbol that reminded Nehru of his own strength with which he could face adversity calmly. We too can carry images of the Buddha or inscriptions of the sutras around with us to give us confidence. Many sutras end with the invocation - By the power of this truth, may victory be mine or may happiness be mine . is shows that as Buddhists we do not believe in the animistic power of images or talismans, but that they are to be regarded as mere aids which could help us to gain confidence in ourselves.