• How to be Happy through Meditation

The Pursuit of Happiness

Everybody wants to be happy and we look for it in every area of our life – at work, in our relationships, our hobbies and so forth. However, in our pursuit for happiness many people find just the opposite: we feel unhappy, depressed or simply lack self-esteem. Sometimes it feels like we’ve done everything right: we’ve got the job, success, car house, money, family and yet these things did not bring the happiness we thought they would. We are left questioning:

  • Why am I so sad and unhappy?
  • Why do these things not make me feel better in the long run?

Buddha’s answer to all these questions is very simple: we are looking in the wrong place!

The contemporary meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says,

Happiness and suffering are states of mind so their main causes cannot be found outside the mind. Therefore, if we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering we must learn how to control our mind.” 

Until now we have tried to find happiness by constantly changing our external situation- we change partner or job, try to look good, achieve success but the good feelings never last and with these attainments come many things we don’t want. Buddha’s teachings tell us: if we want authentic lasting happiness, then rather than depending upon changing external conditions, you must learn to make yourself happy through establishing peace within your own mind.

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  • Where can we find happiness?

Find happiness from within

By training in meditation and then integrating the positive thoughts we’ve cultivated into our everyday life through the power of mindfulness.

The benefits of meditation are innumerable. It is not, as some would believe, about blanking the mind, but about gaining control over our mind and cultivating positive ways of thinking that lead to a state of real happiness.

Meditation is defined as an action of mind whose nature is single pointed concentration and whose function is to make the mind calm and peaceful. When our mind is peaceful, we are happy. If our mind is not peaceful, we are not happy even if we find our self in the best external conditions. This proves that if maintain a peaceful mind all the time through meditation, we can be happy all the time!

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If we train in meditation our mind will gradually become more and more peaceful and we shall experience purer and purer forms of happiness. Eventually we shall be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most difficult circumstances.”

~ Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyasto

What is meditation?

The Tibetan word for meditation is ‘gom’ which literally translates as ‘to familiarize’- thus to meditate is to familiarize our mind with positive or meaningful objects. In this context meaningful objects, means an object of knowledge that through understanding it we bring great meaning to our life.

There are many objects of meditation that act as opponents to many unhappy thoughts and bad habits of mind. For example, meditation on patience and love overcome our tendency towards anger; meditation on the kindness of others helps us to cultivate gratitude and prevents critical thoughts; rejoicing in others’ happiness opposes our jealousy and so forth.

However, to begin with we can start by taking the breath as our object of meditation, which is quite simple but brings many benefits.

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If you benefitted from this short article and would be interested in learning more about happiness please see the links below for classes and courses that will offer further information.

Learn to Meditate Classes

Mondays 6 – 7pm, Thursdays 7 – 8pm & Sundays 4 – 5pm

other weekly meditation classes

Kadampa Meditation Centre London’s city meditation centre offers a quiet haven in the heart of Kensington where people from all walks of life come to taste the peace of meditation, discover the practical solutions to life problems that can be found in Buddha’s teachings and meet with like minded people.

Monday
Lunchtime Meditation Class 1.15-1.45pm Jan Jemson
Learn to Meditate 6 – 7pm Gen Gomchen
Foundation Programme 7 – 9pm Gen Gomchen
Tuesday
Lunchtime Meditation Class 1.15-1.45pm Michael Reilly
Afterwork Meditation Class 6 – 6:30pm Andrew DeSelincourt
Wednesday
Lunchtime Meditation Class 1.15-1.45pm Gen Gomchen
Feature Class with Gen Kelsang Gomchen 7 – 8:30pm Gen Gomchen
Thursday
Lamrim Meditations for a Happy Life 11am  – 12pm Susan Tait
Lunchtime Meditation Class 1.15-1.45pm Susan Tait
Learn to Meditate 7 – 8pm Hung Tran
Friday Closed
Saturday
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Sunday
Feature Class with Gen Kelsang Gomchen 11am – 12:30pm Gen Gomchen
Afternoon Meditation Class 2:30 -3pm Robert Shaw
Learn to Meditate 4-5pm Ljubica Aaen