His Holiness the Dalai Lama has often said that:
“I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.”
“Just as the purpose of a plant is to grow, so it is that the main purpose of every human being is to survive and to grow until death.”
But how do we achieve Happiness?
This is the Dalai Lama’s formula for Happiness:
“To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else: even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.”
Simple actions that we can all take. The challenge might be to consistently put it into practice, every day, with each person we meet (especially someone who we feel irritation towards).
What other advice does His Holiness the Dalai Lama have?
“Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility… without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.”
And how do we find inner peace:
“When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes other feel loved and care for, but it helps us to develop inner happiness and peace.”
As a way to foster inner peace and happiness within, the Dalai Lama often recommends meditation:
“Meditation is valuable for all of humanity because it involves looking inward. People don’t have to be religious to look inside themselves more carefully. It is constructive and worthwhile to analyze our emotions, including compassion and our sense of caring, so that we can become more calm and happy. “
Here is the Dalai Lama speaking about “Inner Peace, Happiness, God and Money”:
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