The Pursuit of Happiness

Do you want more peace and joy in your life? Living according to the Truth of Nature (i.e. Buddhist Dhamma) leads one to experience lasting Peace and Joy. Insight meditation is the tool we use to focus the mind and discover our true nature. The benefits and true value of following "The Middle Way" can be tested and confirmed by anyone willing to give it a try. One should always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

Truth leads to Peace and Joy Buddhist Dhamma

Are You Looking for more Peace & Joy in Your Life?

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You don't need to do anything "externally" to become happy. Lasting happiness is actually found within, it's a state of mind. Understanding one's true nature reveals the path that leads to enduring Peace and Joy.

Please don't accept as "truth" anything you read on this website (or elsewhere for that matter) until you have proven it to be correct through your own personal research and experience.

The Buddha reportedly praised one of his disciples (a monk called Sariputta) when he admitted that he didn't yet believe all of the Buddha's teachings. The Buddha further suggested that a truly wise person first listens with an open mind and then investigates the truth of the information before either accepting or disbelieving it.

If you would like to find out more about this incident and the teachings of the Buddha please refer to "Food for the Heart" a wonderful book by Ajahn Chah (a highly respected Buddhist teacher).

The aim of this website is simply to offer a practical guide on how one can experience more peace and joy in their daily life. If it seems like a reasonable approach then please test it for yourself, if not, you are free to continue your search elsewhere.

Here's an INVITATION for You

In the words of Ajahn Chah:

"All that I have said up to now has merely been words. When people come to see me, I have to say something. But it is best not to speak about these matters too much. Better to begin practice without delay. I am like a good friend inviting you to go somewhere. Do not hesitate, just get going. You won't regret it."

I am not suggesting that "The Middle Way" is the only way to experience more enduring peace and joy in your life. It certainly works for me on a daily basis. That's why I'm seeking to share this simple way of life with anyone who is interested in giving it a go. Furthermore, I am happy to offer my support and answer any questions you may have about getting started with regular meditation practice.

P.S. You don't have to become a Buddhist to follow this simple way of life, it's open to everyone irrespective of his or her religious beliefs.

 

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Creating an Inner Peace That Endures

https://tinybuddha.com/blog/creating-an-inner-peace-that-endures/

Our True Nature Is Bliss, Empty of the false belief in SELF. Refer to PDF in folder... https://www.raiseyourstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Raise_Your_State_Meditation_Article.pdf

http://www.catherinebradfordcoaching.com/my-philosophy.html  ...  "Nothing to Fear but fear itself"

the pursuit of happiness is fraught with disappointment

 

The Buddhist Symbol - Dhamma Wheel

Dhamma wheel represents the endless cycle of rebirthThe eight spokes of the wheel symbolize the Noble Eightfold Path set out by the Buddha in his teachings.

The wheel also represents the endless cycle of samsara, or rebirth, which can only be escaped by means of the Buddha's teachings.

Some Buddhists regard the the wheel's three basic parts as symbols of the "three trainings" in Buddhist practice:

1. The hub symbolizes moral discipline, which stabilizes the mind.

2. The spokes (usually there are eight) represent wisdom which is applied to defeat ignorance.

3. The rim represents training in concentration, which holds everything else together.

More information will be added soon...

http://blog.gutenberg.edu/2014/four-dangerous-ideas-part-four-pursuit-of-happiness/ - Four Dangerous Ideas, Part Four: Pursuit of Happiness


http://www.marketfaith.org/2017/08/life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness/


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/sep/15/happiness-philosophy-bentham-mill ... The pursuit of happiness is a fool's errand


http://archive.jsonline.com/features/advice/theres-a-difference-between-pleasure-and-happiness-q1356il-134632128.html ... There's a difference between pleasure and happiness

You can discover Truth, Peace & Joy through the daily practice of Insight Meditation. (http://www.vridhamma.org/Question-and-Answers)

The pursuit of selfish versus altruistic happiness ... http://www.matthieuricard.org/en/blog/posts/the-pursuit-of-selfish-versus-altruistic-happiness

Truth, Peace and Joy:  http://www.zeus-publications.com/truth_creates_heaven_on_earth.htm - http://puredivineessence.com/

Stephen Covey quotes:
“We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.” “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of those actions. Consequences are governed by natural law.” “Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.” “Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.” “Innocent pleasures in moderation can provide relaxation for the body and mind and can foster family and other relationships. But pleasure, per se, offers no deep, lasting satisfaction or sense of fulfillment. The pleasure-centered person, too soon bored with each succeeding level of “fun,” constantly cries for more and more. So the next new pleasure has to be bigger and better, more exciting, with a bigger “high.” A person in this state becomes almost entirely narcissistic, interpreting all of life in terms of the pleasure it provides to the self here and now.”

 

9 Keys to Lasting Happiness
by Deepak Chopra M.D. – July 17, 2012 ...  https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2012/07/17/9-keys-lasting-happiness

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Venerable Sariputta, one of the Buddha's disciples, was very astute. Once when the Buddha was expounding the Dhamma he turned to his monk and asked, "Sariputta, do you believe this?" Sariputta replied, "No, I don't yet believe it." The Buddha praised his answer. "That's very good, Sariputta. You are one who is endowed with wisdom. One who is wise doesn't really believe; they listen with an open mind and then weigh the truth of the matter before believing or disbelieving."

Here the Buddha has set a fine example for a teacher. What Sariputta said was true. He simply spoke his true feelings ...Whether you are standing, sitting, or walking about, you can always study the things around you. Study in a natural way. Be receptive to all things: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, or thoughts. The wise person considers them all.

The value of Dhamma isn't to be found in books. Those are just the external appearances of Dhamma; they're not the realization of Dhamma as a personal experience. If you realize the Dhamma, realize your own mind. You see the truth there. When truth becomes apparent it cuts off the stream of delusion.

.Now who created this truth? The truth itself created the truth! Did the Buddha create it? No, he didn't. The Buddha only discovered the truth, the way things are, and then set out to declare it. The truth is constantly true, whether a Buddha arises in the world or not.

 

The Soul: Mind, Will and Emotions ...  http://joystones.org/the-wheel/soul/