In Pursuit of Happiness

It’s not destiny that decides you’ll be a sour face. Happy people work towards being that. Here’s how to do it

If you’re happy and you know it…goes an old children’s ditty. But are you? The pursuit of happiness isn’t easy — materialistic goodies do not guarantee a good life; close relationships, work satisfaction and working towards greater good do.

Sophie Keller, author of the How Happy series, says the secret to happiness is knowing you are already happy. “We’re human ‘beings’, not human ‘doings’ or ‘havings’, so happiness needs to be a ‘being state,” she says.

Here’s a simple break-up offered by writer Sonja Lyubomirsky in The How of Happiness: 50 per cent of our happiness levels are genetically determined, 10 per cent are affected by circumstances while the remaining 40 per cent is subject to self-control.

So how do you get happy? Here’s a don’t-do list to set you on the path to happiness.

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The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes

Buddha means “Awakened One”, someone who has awakened and sees things as they really are. Buddha is a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Because he has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and has removed all obstructions from his mind, he knows everything of the past, present, and future, directly and simultaneously. Moreover, Buddha has great compassion which is completely impartial, embracing all living beings without discrimination.

The person who is generally referred to by the name Buddha was Siddhārtha Gautama, a spiritual teacher born in Nepal and the founder of Buddhism who lived at around 500 BCE. Forty-nine days after Buddha attained enlightenment he was requested to teach. As a rematter osult of this request, Buddha rose from meditation and taught the first Wheel of Dharma. Continue reading “The Top 10 Inspirational Buddha Quotes”

7 Common Habits of Unhappy People

1. Aiming for perfection.

Does life has to be perfect before you are happy?

Do you have to behave in a perfect way and get perfect results to be happy?

Then happiness will not be easy to find. Setting the bar for your performance at an inhuman level usually leads to low self-esteem and feeling like you are not good enough even though you may have had a lot of good or excellent results. You and what you do is never enough good enough except maybe once in a while when feels like something goes just perfect. Continue reading “7 Common Habits of Unhappy People”

Buddhism is like a map….

The teachings of the Buddha that we find in printed books or magazines can serve only as a road map does for an automobile driver. One has to study the map, digest the information therein, and above all, start the engine and go.

One will never reach the destination if one just looks at the map, enjoys its fine printing, but never determines the direction that leads to the destination; or after finding out which direction to go, never lets the car start moving. Buddha is a teacher. He uses His finger to point out the moon to us. But if one just looks at Buddha’s finger, one cannot see the moon. The finger serves simply to point us in the right direction. Once one follows that direction and sees the moon, the finger should be forgotten.!

The Role of Wealth in Buddhism

Although Buddhism has been characterized as an ascetic religion, asceticism was in fact experimented with and rejected by the Buddha before he attained enlightenment. As far as Buddhism is concerned, the meaning of the word ‘asceticism’ is ambiguous and should not be used without qualification.

The term ‘poverty’ is also misleading. The familiar Buddhist concepts are rather contentment (santutthi) or limited desires (appicchata). Poverty (dadiddiya) is in no place praised or encouraged in Buddhism. As the Buddha said, “For householders in this world, poverty is suffering” [A.III.350]; “Woeful in the world is poverty and debt.”
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Eight lessons of the Buddha for a happy and harmonious life

1. Start small – this is normal. A jug fills slowly, drop by drop. Each artist was once an amateur. We all start out small, do not neglect small. If you are consistent and patient, you will succeed! No one can succeed in just one night: Success comes to those who are willing to start small and work hard until you fill the jug.

2. Thoughts are material. Our consciousness – that is all. You become what you think. If a man speaks or acts with evil thoughts, he pursues the pain. If a man speaks or acts with pure intentions, followed by happiness, which, like a shadow, will never leave. In order to live properly, you need to fill in the brain  right thoughts. Right thinking will give everything you want, wrong thinking – an evil which in the end will destroy you. All the offenses arise from the mind. If the mind is changed, there would remain misdemeanors?
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Mental Causality – Disturbed Life

When there is expectation, then there is bound to be disappointment.
When expectation is absent, then disappointment cannot come into being.

Whenever there is pride, then there is bound to be wounded pride.
When pride is absent, then wounded pride cannot come into being.

Whenever there is anger, then there is bound to be conflict.
When anger is absent, then conflict cannot come into being.

When there is perception, then there is bound to be deception.
When perception is absent, then deception cannot come into being.

When there is birth, then there is bound to be ageing, decay & death.
When birth is absent, then ageing, decay & death cannot come into being.

When there is craving, then there is bound to be suffering.
When craving is absent, then suffering cannot come into being.

When there is suffering, then happiness cannot come into being.
When suffering is absent, then happiness comes into being. 

When this arises, then that also emerges!
When this ceases, then that also ends.

When this is, then that also comes into being!
When this is not, then that cannot come into being.

~ The Buddha~

Right livelihood – Buddhist Perspective

This means that practitioners ought not to engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings.
what is right livelihood?
The five types of businesses that should not be undertaken..

1.Business in WEAPONS: trading in all kinds of weapons and instruments for killing.

2.Business in BEINGS: Animals,slave trading, forced prostitution, or the buying and selling of children or adults.

3.Business in MEAT: “meat” refers to the bodies of beings after they are killed. This includes breeding animals for slaughter.

4.Business in INTOXICANTS: manufacturing or selling intoxicating drinks or addictive drugs.

5.Business in POISON: producing or trading in any kind of poison or a toxic product designed to kill.

The Buddhist Way of Life – common man

The Buddha considered economic welfare as a requisite for human happiness, but moral and spiritual development for a happy, peaceful and contented life.

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? Continue reading “The Buddhist Way of Life – common man”

Nivarana — The Five Hindrances

During our mindfulness of the breathing practice we must attempt to fix mindfulness to our body or, in other words, the in-breath and out-breath. Establish the contentment to be with the breath, confine the six senses — eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind — within the body. Do not let your mind wander outside of this body. 
 
If you feel restless, know that our old friends are visiting. This group of friends is called the five hindrances (nivarana). Continue reading “Nivarana — The Five Hindrances”