Matthieu Ricard

Happiness

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happiness is to be found in controlling the mind, not circumstances.’
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Happiness does not come automatically
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we can never be truly happy if we dissociate ourselves from the happiness of others.
Canasder Sekhas quoted5 years ago
The simple person lives the way he breathes, with no more effort or glory, with no more affectation and without shame. . . . Simplicity is freedom, buoyancy, transparency. As simple as the air, as free as the air. . . . The simple person does not take himself too seriously or too tragically. He goes on his merry way, his heart light, his soul at peace, without a goal,
Cristell Patiñohas quoted22 days ago
The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.
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How do we dispel this basic ignorance? The only way is through honesty and sincere introspection. There are two ways we can undertake this: analysis and contemplation
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Analysis consists of a candid and systematic evaluation of every aspect of our own suffering and of the suffering we inflict on others. It involves understanding which thoughts, words, and actions inevitably lead to pain and which contribute to well-being.
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“When we talk of ignorance, it has nothing to do with stupidity. In a way, ignorance is very intelligent, but it is an intelligence that works exclusively in one direction. That is, we react exclusively to our own projections instead of simply seeing what is there.”1
Ignorance, in the
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We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us,
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understands that experiences are ephemeral and that it is useless to cling to them.
Cristell Patiñohas quoted4 months ago
Ignorance, in the Buddhist lexicon, is an inability to recognize the true nature of things and of the law of cause and effect that governs happiness and suffering.
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And yet when we think about it, the satisfaction of accomplishing what we consider to be worthy goals through a long-term effort strewn with obstacles undeniably reflects certain aspects of true happiness, sukha. It is what allows a sense of harmony within ourselves.
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ukha is the state of lasting well-being that manifests itself when we have freed ourselves of mental blindness and afflictive emotions. It is also the wisdom that allows us to see the world as it is, without veils or distortions.
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Every being has the potential for perfection,
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Everything is relation; nothing exists in and of itself, immune to the forces of cause and effect.
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The world of ignorance and suffering — called samsara in Sanskrit — is not a fundamental condition of existence but a mental universe based on our mistaken conception of reality.
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That great obstacle is always the representation and never the reality.”
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We take for permanent that which is ephemeral and for happiness that which is but a source of suffering: the desire for wealth, for power, for fame, and for nagging pleasures.
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the true nature of things, unmodified by the mental constructs we superimpose upon them.
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suffering is intimately linked to a misapprehension of the nature of reality.
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