Tag Archives: Happiness

Catching a cold: a lesson in discovering non-duality!

My brother’s Au pair had a cold when I visited a few days ago. A day later I had one, too! Sigh! A vivid reminder, how we human beings share our happiness and suffering in this life with each other. … Continue reading

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How can we find happiness inside?

In my last two posts What is true happiness? and Do we need to give up the sense pleasures to find true happiness?, I wrote that in the Buddhist teachings looking for happiness outside is talked about in terms of … Continue reading

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My ten favorite quotes on happiness

I just posted a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog. To find out what my ten favorite quotes on happiness are click here.

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Do we need to give up the sense pleasures to find true happiness?

A few weeks ago I wrote about what true happiness is. The Buddhist teachings explain that there are two kinds of happiness: One is an ordinary, fleeting and unreliable happiness which is based on physical comfort and feeling good about … Continue reading

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What is true happiness?

I am currently instructing an introductory meditation course for the Rigpa online course program in the United States. This term we changed to a new course called “What Meditation Really Is”. It not only includes teachings on meditation but also … Continue reading

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Devotion

In my last posts I have been writing about how to find lasting happiness. Ultimately it can only be found if we recognize the nature of mind but on a relative level the practices of meditation, compassion and devotion can … Continue reading

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Bringing the Mind Home

In my last post I wrote that ultimate true happiness can only be found if we recognize the nature of mind but that on a relative level the practices of meditation, compassion and devotion can help us come closer to … Continue reading

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A deeper happiness based on inner peace and contentment

Many Buddhist teachings begin with the statement that all beings want to be happy, but that unfortunately they are looking for happiness outside and fail to understand that true happiness can only be found inside. The goal of Buddhist practice … Continue reading

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Gratitude

I had to leave early today to drive to the airport for a two and a half month journey to Europe. After stopping over for a few days on the mainland to see some friends, I will visit my family … Continue reading

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Why are negative emotions harmful?

In the last few days I have been continuing to reflect on negative emotions. What does it really mean that negative emotions take my freedom? How do they manage to do this? I have been asking these same questions for … Continue reading

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Getting to know ignorance

My teachers have emphasized that it is much more useful to focus on understanding how ignorance works than to get lost in speculation about how it could have arisen in the first place. In his latest book, Uncommon Happiness, Dzigar … Continue reading

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Natural Great Peace

The topics of freedom, happiness, and ignorance are turning out to be a fertile ground for my daily reflection. I usually make a post on this blog every other day. On the days in-between, I try to post a quote … Continue reading

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The natural freedom of the mind

The word “freedom” is often used in the modern world. In my last post, I brought up the question: “What does freedom truly mean?” When I reflected on this question myself, what came to my mind were things like free … Continue reading

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What do we mean by freedom?

Freedom is not only an important theme in the Buddhist teachings but is also a very popular word these days. There are so many ways to think of it. In the modern world freedom is considered to be a fundamental … Continue reading

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The logic of happiness

One of the main study texts that my teacher Sogyal Rinpoche wrote for his students begins with, “Regardless of who we are, the main purpose of our life—you could call it the heart of being human—is to be happy.” I … Continue reading

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Learning to appreciate challenges

Sometimes I don’t sleep well and then I feel unwell and tired for the day. When this happens, I can see quite clearly the habitual pull of aversion to this experience in my mind. In a way, it is natural … Continue reading

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