Happiness Is Not To Be Found

A Poem

by Lama Gendun Rinpoche

 

Happiness is not to be found with many efforts or will,

but is here, nearby, in your relaxing and surrendering.

Don’t worry, there is nothing to be done.

 

Everything that comes up to your mind

has no importance because it has no reality.

Don’t conceive any attachment for it.

Don’t judge yourself.

Let it be.

Let it come up and down without changing a thing.

It all vanishes and begins again, endlessly.

 

Nothing but the quest for happiness

prevents us from seeing it.

It is like a rainbow that one is always chasing

without ever reaching it.

It is because it has no existence.

It has always been here and goes with you all the time.

 

Don’t believe in the reality of experiences, good or bad.

They are like rainbows.

Because we want to grasp what is not to be grasped,

We exhaust our strength in vain.

 

As soon as we relinquish our hold,

space is here, open, welcoming and comfortable.

So, do enjoy it.

Everything is yours already.

 

Stop searching.

Don’t go into the jungle to look for the elephant

that is quietly waiting for you at home.

There is nothing to do.

There is nothing to force.

There is nothing to desire.

And all comes by itself.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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One Response to Happiness Is Not To Be Found

  1. Patti Sanderford says:

    Oh My,
    The tears flow. I see– to release.
    Or actually—just Be–this moment and each moment, after that moment.-Just as it is.

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