More quotes on freedom, happiness and destructive emotions

Here are some more quotes on the relating to the topic of freedom, happiness and destructive emotions from another one of my favorite books, The Joy of Living by Mingyur Rinpoche:

“When the mind is realized, that is the buddha.
— The Wisdom of the Passing Moment Sutra (translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan)

You are not the limited, anxious person you think you are. Any trained Buddhist teacher can tell you with all the conviction of personal experience that, really, you’re the very heart of compassion, completely aware, and fully capable of achieving the greatest good, not only for yourself, but for everyone and everything you can imagine.

The only problem is that you don’t recognize these things about yourself. In the strictly scientific terms I’ve come to understand through conversations with specialists in Europe and North America, most people simply mistake the habitually formed, neuronally constructed image of themselves for who and what they really are. And this image is almost always expressed in dualistic terms: self and other, pain and pleasure, having and not having, attraction and repulsion. As I’ve been given to understand, these are the most basic terms of survival.

Unfortunately, when the mind is colored by this dualistic perspective, every experience—even moments of joy and happiness—is bounded by some sense of limitation. There is always a but lurking in the background. One kind of but is the but of difference. “Oh, my birthday party was wonderful, but I would have liked chocolate cake instead of carrot cake.” Then there is the but of “better.” “I love my new house, but my friend John’s place is bigger and has much better light.” And finally there is the but of fear. “I can’t stand my job, but in this market how will I ever find another one?” Personal experience has taught me that it’s possible to overcome any sense of personal limitation.” (p.46-7)

" Anger needs no training to grow. On the relative level, compassion requires training. Relative compassion is like an illusion, but a good illusion that causes other illusions to dissipate. " — Yongey Mingyur Dorje Rinpoche (from

“It’s easy to think of mental afflictions as defects of character. But that would be a devaluation of ourselves. Our capacity for emotions, for distinguishing between pain and pleasure, and for experiencing “gut responses” has played and continues to play a critical survival function, enabling us almost instantaneously to adapt to subtle changes in the world around us, and to formulate those adaptations consciously so that we can recall them at will and pass them along to succeeding generations.” (p.123)

“Among all living creatures studied thus far by modern scientists, only human beings can be said with absolute certainty to have been endowed with the ability to make deliberate choices about the direction of their lives, and to discern whether those choices will lead them through the valley of transitory happiness or into a realm of a lasting peace and well-being. Though we may be genetically wired for temporary happiness, we’ve also been gifted with the ability to recognize within ourselves a more profound and lasting sense of confidence, peace, and well-being. Among sentient beings, human beings appear to stand alone in their ability to recognize the necessity to forge a bond between reason, emotion, and their instinct to survive, and in doing so create a universe—not only for themselves and the human generations that follow, but also for all creatures who feel pain, fear and suffering—in which we are all able to coexist contentedly and peaceably.” (p.244)

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2 Responses to More quotes on freedom, happiness and destructive emotions

  1. Mr Ho says:

    Dear All,

    I would like to shared my findings and analogy to others. Today just on the “Anger” topic. I realise firstly there are 2 main types of people either you are very soft and mellow person with not much anger, or you are the very high anger person. The latter, requires much more work and training then the first person.

    Alot of training or culitvation maybe able just to stop anger or remove it at the surface. This is not so good. The ulitmately is elimating it deep in your mind. In order to do that, I think one needs to understand it is mainly due to these few elements ( EGO, PRIDE, JUSTICE, etc).

    You will realise most of your anger has directly or indirectly related to one or two of these elements. I hope people who are cultivating can also benefits from this explanation.

    So firstly , find your Ego , then deal with it and slowly elimate it if possible. In most agurment or incident is normally about right or wrong , fair or not fair, gain or lose, for the chinese alot of time is “Face” ,which is back to EGO. This element has to go.

    Thank you wish all have a pleasant day.

  2. Bernie Schreck says:

    Thanks Mr Ho for this insightful comment! Cheers Bernie

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