The Buddha's Way of Happiness: Healing Sorrow, Transforming by Thomas Bien PhD, Lama Surya Das

By Thomas Bien PhD, Lama Surya Das

Discover the secrets and techniques to Happiness and Well-Being

The pleasure you're feeling after listening to excellent news or attaining a aim is fleeting, yet actual happiness-that is, the nice and cozy feeling of deep contentment and joy-is lasting, and it may be yours in each second. The Buddha's approach of Happiness is a advisor to placing apart your anxieties concerning the destiny, regrets concerning the prior, and relentless longing to alter your lifestyles for the higher, and awakening to the enjoyment of living.

With this ebook as your consultant, you will determine the obstacles to happiness you create on your personal existence and use the eightfold course of Buddhist psychology to enhance your skill to understand the small, cheerful moments that ensue on a daily basis. those routines, meditations, and urban techniques to practising happiness and health and wellbeing are drawn from mindfulness, ''no self,'' and different old Buddhist insights, lots of that have been confirmed potent by way of cutting-edge psychologists and researchers. With the information that happiness is a behavior you could undertake like several different, take step one down this deeply pleasing direction in your life's journey.

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It amazed him how much better he felt! His mind was so much clearer. It was so much easier to meditate with a bit of nourishment. He vowed never to treat his body so harshly in the future. And with greater determination than ever, he vowed not to move from his spot beneath the tree until he found the answer. 11 The Buddha’s Way of Happiness That night, he received the breakthrough he had longed for. It changed him. From then on, when people met him, they knew they were in the presence of a remarkable person.

Please read it in a peaceful way. Don’t struggle. Take your time. Let the insights penetrate you easily and gently. Anything you find difficult now may make more sense at a later reading. Read this book not necessarily to find happiness, but with a sense that happiness and peace are already present. For there’s no way to happiness: happiness is the way. 7 chapter 1 Being Happiness From joy springs all creation. By joy it is sustained. Toward joy it proceeds. And to joy it returns. —Mundaka Upanishad Are you happy?

It’s good to take perspective on the size of our suffering, for this might serve to open our compassion. But include yourself in the circle of compassion too. Often we use this insight in a self-punishing way. Not only am I unhappy, but I’m also a terrible person for being unhappy since others have it so much worse! Use this insight, but not to treat yourself as though you yourself don’t deserve kindness. Your suffering matters. Don’t dismiss it. This won’t give you happiness. It will only increase your pain.

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