The Simple Buddhist Trick to Being Happy.

Via on May 14, 2014

37 practices of a Bodhisattva

The Simple Buddhist Trick to Being Happy: If you want to be happy think of x. If you want to be unhappy, think only of y.

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If you want to be happy think first of others.

If you want to be unhappy, think only of yourself.

Selflessness is a path, not a state of perfection. If, along the way, we practice at thinking of others, first, we might find our ego’s self-concern dissolve.

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5 Responses to “The Simple Buddhist Trick to Being Happy.”

  1. Joe Sparks says:

    In my perspective what prevents us from being happy now is we need to fight for ourselves to be fully human and for all people to be fully human. True, concern for others lies the way to full concern for self, but we need to recover our ability to heal from whatever happened to use to us, that's makes us feel bad about ourselves. Everyone adult feels discouraged when they wake up. So, If you can't fight for yourself, it's because you've been hurt, and do not know how to show it. You fighting for yourself is fighting against those hurts, and not against anybody else's interest. Those bad feelings will not go away no matter how well you think of others. I think we can have both, be happy for others and ourselves, but we need to fight hard for ourselves, to get back the healing process that was taken away from us. And we'll all fight harder for each other, and for larger issues, if we can get back the ability to dissolve the hurts. To me, this is what it feel like to struggle to be fully human.

  2. Mikejlut1 says:

    Agreed

  3. Linda Lewis Linda V. Lewis says:

    Great little pep talk and reminder. One correction: "bodhisattva" is not Tibetan but Sanskrit for "awake being"; "chang chub sempa" is Tibetan for that, translates closely as Enlightened heart/mind person–referring to the heartfelt aspiration to be awake, to have an awakened heart.

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