buddhism and happiness

buddhism and happiness

Buddhism recently has gained some good ratings in the media, looks like. Buddhism is always associated with non violence. Buddhism is kind of associated with happiness. If you have a title happiness on your book and something to do with the Buddhism it is almost guaranteed to be a best seller. So Buddhism, non violence, happiness, a kind of becoming a synonymous. While this is of course as a Buddhist, this is kind of good thing, it feels good, when you are associated with something good, especially in this kind of time where religious fanaticism is so strong. At the moment, we Buddhist are kind of going through the honeymoon period of enjoying this reputation. But this worries me because Buddhism is not to, the purpose of Buddhism is not to make you happy. And this is very important for us to understand. The ultimate purpose of Buddhism is to go beyond happiness. To achieve enlightenment, that is the most important. Because happiness is very relative. Watching a world wrestling federation twenty four hours can be a happiness for some people. So practicing Buddhism purely for happiness therefore is not really the ultimate aim.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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