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N° 15

Avoid carelessness and desire.
Meditating with awareness
the true disciple acquires great happiness.

Dhammapada: verse 27
Happiness is happiness, but happiness is suffering!

There is no lasting happiness to be found outside Dhamma,
only the endless pursuit of it.
Dhammachariya Paññadipa
Happiness is our common human goal.
No matter how we may speak about it or whatever specific names we give it, it is always the driving force of our lives.
It is the voice inside our head, continually talking, continually planning and, without the balance of wisdom, continually convincing us to follow the same old ways.
As long as we don't understand the endless momentum of the 'happiness delusion', we will always be victims to it. Chasing one idea, one hope and one dream after the next. Looking, wishing and even praying for the perfect person, the perfect job and ultimately, perfect happiness in the perfect life. This quest is endless and the most direct and realistic way to see the reality of this particular truth is to look at our own lives. After all these years we are still seeking, still shopping, still acquiring.
When will we ever have enough? When will all the conditions for the happiness we seek ever be fully present in our lives?
Until we understand the impermanent nature of happiness we will always be pursuing it! We cannot with any certainty, make it arrive in our lives, and we cannot make it stay once it has arrived. It is fragile, delicate and inconsistent, but this is the nature of happiness.
However, because we do not understand the impermanent nature of happiness we struggle to hold onto it and consequently battle with life and everything that it contains.
At some point in our training we have to realise this ultimate truth;
Happiness is happiness, but happiness is suffering!
However, real happiness, true happiness, perfect unconditioned happiness is always already present in our life, just waiting for us to re-connect with it.
This is the natural condition of the mind. In reality there is nothing to do and nothing to get. Our Dhamma work therefore is to simply let go of the obstacles that cover this happiness and so become whole again.
To simply be.
We need to let go of our habit of judging, criticising and complaining and trying to control everyone and everything and simply be with the conditions as they are. Everything is arising and passing away, this is the nature of life and the universe. The moment that we truly harmonise with this fundamental truth, we will meet the perfect happiness of wisdom and love. Understanding, accepting and responding spontaneously moment after moment with the naturally manifesting enlightened mind.
For all of us, no matter who we are or where we come from, this is the best gift that we can give ourselves. Unconditional happiness through an aware and loving heart.
However, people don't really want what is best, they want what is easiest!
Love, compassion, peace and tolerance are the best, for ourselves and then by extension for all beings in the world.
Anger, hatred, fighting and killing, much more abundantly found in the world will always be the easiest for the untrained mind.
So as Dhamma students we must ask ourselves, 'what is our Dhammic goal?'
'Are we focused on the heart of love and compassion in our life, and are we really brave and strong enough to want only the best?'
The greatest gift that we can give ourselves and the world is wisdom and this can only ever manifests as peace, love and happiness.
So the Dhamma path is simple, choose the best – and be truly happy!



If a tree falls down in the forest and there is no-one there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Dhamma quotation:

Whatever we are attached to will hurt us

Michael Kewley
The Other Shore

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