Tag Archives: happiness

We can be happy

This world of duality cannot, by its very nature, give us permanent happiness. The good and the bad are the two faces of the same coin.  However, that does not mean that we cannot be happy. We can. It is … Continue reading

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Renunciation

External objects, persons, or situations will never make us happy. Wealth, beauty, power, fame, and worldly knowledge will not make us happy. The rich, the beautiful, the powerful, the famous, and the learned also suffer.   Renouncing the objects of desire … Continue reading

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Owning our emotions

Most people are in the mental habit of considering that emotions come from outside. For example, we say things like “she makes me angry,” “he makes me happy”, “it scares me.”   However, even a very superficial examination is enough to … Continue reading

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Skill and experience

Buddha Shakyamuni lived the life of a worldly prince, then went to the forest and practiced rigorous asceticism, before his enlightenment. He thus spoke authoritatively about extreme views and behaviors that do not and cannot secure happiness.  All the Buddhas … Continue reading

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