My partner is involved with an on-line writing group where once a week a different member suggests a topic to write about. This weeks topic was happiness and she asked me what I thought that was. Now a smarter man would probably have said "just being with you" but being the relationship challenged meditation obsessive that I am
my answer was "the absence of suffering ".
Now I'm usually cautious about talking much about the subject of happiness in a Buddhist practice because of how often it seems to become another thing for folks to try to attach to, but it did make me wonder what this Sangha's view of it was.
Happiness = Contentment in my book.
Absence of desire is not necessarily happiness, but independence from desire may be closer to the mark.
Happiness is a tweeting little fluffy bird singing it’s heart out in the sun in your back yard. It’s when you feel so pleased with the world that you cannot help but sing, or at least hum.
Happiness= a sense of well-being ...
Happiness is a temporary feeling/emotion…..just like sadness.
Have to say at this point in life I agree. Happiness is happiness. Nothing more or less. We've turned it into some kind of ideal. A concept.
If I didn't know better I'd think How's account had been hacked lol.
Happiness is different to contentment, and what makes one person happy, may grind another person's gears... So it's important that each person define the emotion of happiness, for themselves...
Happiness is a warm gun
There is healthy happiness and unhealthy happiness... what makes a serial killer happy is not likely to make the general public happy.
I question that the killer is ever truly happy, unless he's completely insane.
Happy not to have a view …
Happiness is a smart way to live.
I am inclined to think that happiness is best regarded as a state of mind, something other than the emotion that can arise out of that state of mind. As such, it can be conditional or unconditional - dependent on a particular set of benign circumstances or independent of those circumstances, a particular neurological pathway that can be cultivated or left to take its chances like a flower in a weed patch.
Happiness...Hmm Well according to the happiest man in the world "Matthieu Ricard"
… wait that is an expression of my view on happiness! Tsk, tsk. Saying nothing would have been right speech and right view but made no one happy.
Happiness then is a given!
Long live the Mahayana!
May all beings benefit, even the small circling and no longer practiced Hinayana …
That is a more skillful way of saying what I was trying to say, lol.
Falling asleep without any toxic thoughts,
Rising up early without a clenched jaw,
A comfortable beat of the heart,
And a good group of friends,
Without forgetting solitude's gentle embrace during the rains.
That is happiness.
4.00am and the beat is quiet.
“Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.”
― Kahlil Gibran
Maybe going one step down from “the absence of suffering” to the acceptance of it even as we keep our intentions to alleviate it for all beings. Realization that one has not lived in vain in the face of death, may be another personal view of mine. But then again, I don’t know 🙏
I think the monks look at this a little differently from the lay followers. The lay followers leave behind all the usual things, kids, a family, worldly achievements, maybe a book. The monks on the other hand may leave nothing but a few dharma talks. What one leaves behind in the face of death is bound to differ…
Nice to see you again @Relentlessseeker
Nice to see you again as well !
I knew it!
For example. Imagine that we practice metta. To the point were we can connect/generate/visualise this happiness to all beings whenever it is needed.
Would that make us happy little buddha-bunnys? You bet your impediments/unhappiness/samsara being it would …
Ah ha! I knew it! Independence or non-attachment in Buddha-speak, is the mindfulness and ever present being. Happily we can apply this to:
Soon I will be a Buddhist …
As the Israelites/Christians more or less say:
“Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no buddhas: for thou art with me; thy road and thy stuff they comfort me.”
PSALMS 23:4 KJV
King James Version