The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Mr. Tenzin Gyatso, recently celebrated his 81st birthday at the Drepung Monastery in Karnataka, India. India being my home country, I decided it was time to look deeper into the words of wisdom of the Dalai Lama, and shed light on what it means to lead a happy life.
The Dalai Lama had humble beginnings. Growing up in northeastern Tibet, Tenzin was the son of a farmer. Although the man has received a Nobel Prize during his lifetime, he says his real accomplishments lie in helping other human beings.
Personally, I always wondered how buddhist monks could look so happy all the time, and I suppose the answer to the question is: help others. But don’t listen to me. I’m still finding my way in life. Listen to him.
The very purpose of our life is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully and transparently. – via Facebook
Many of our problems stem from attitudes like putting ourselves first at all costs. – via How to Practice: The Way to A Meaningful Life (book)
There are always problems to face, but it makes a difference if our minds are calmer. – via Twitter.
True compassion does not stem from the pleasure of feeling close to one person or another, but from the conviction that other people are just like me and want not to suffer but to be happy, and from a commitment to help them overcome what causes them to suffer. I must realize that I can help them suffer less. – My Spiritual Journey (book)
Merely thinking that compassion and reason and patience are good will not be enough to develop them. We must wait for difficulties to arise and then attempt to practice them. – “Compassion and The Individual” (book)
My personal favourite –
Sometimes things go wrong; that’s normal. But we have a saying in Tibet, “Nine times fail, nine times try again.” – via Twitter.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.
This planet is our only home; we are all responsible for taking care of it. I’m happy to see leaders now taking climate change seriously. – via Twitter.
Friendship doesn’t depend on fame, money or physical strength. It’s based on trust and trust depends on love and affection. – via Twitter.
I learned a lot about happiness, that volatile emotion, by reading about Mr. Tenzin Gyatso, his holiness. However, just reading about it won’t do me any good. In that effect, I’ve decided I will volunteer some time, maybe once a week, in helping others. I’ll try this for a month, and let you guys know the outcome. Did I feel happier? Was it worth it? Did I have fun? All of that and more, in a month’s time.
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