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.