From Digital Journal
New York, June 19, 2012
The Path to Happiness Begins with Love - New Book Reveals Buddha’s Advice for a Happy Life'Buddha teaches that a loving heart is a powerful source of happiness. And Eight Steps to Happiness is a practical guide to developing this mind of love. Step one, “Learning to Cherish Others,” teaches how to "develop a realistic view of the world, based on an understanding of the equality and interdependence of all living beings. Once we view each and every living being as important we will naturally develop good intentions toward them,” writes meditation master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
“Love is the great protector,” Gyatso explains, “protecting us from anger and jealousy.” With a loving heart we will naturally enjoy everyone we meet, and “difficult” people will disappear—no longer having an ability to cause us pain or upset. Instead of limiting our love to a few people and experiencing only limited happiness, we will learn how our kind heart cherishing others becomes the basis for all our happiness and good qualities. “We [will] have discovered an inexhaustible fountain of happiness within our own mind—our love for others.”
The ultimate goal is not just one's own happiness, but this loving heart will naturally help others experience lasting happiness too. And as love and wisdom grow, people will be able to “remove negativity from the world and give back love and kindness,” Gyatso writes. “We will discover through our own experience that this precious mind of love is the real wish-granting jewel, because it fulfills the pure wishes of both ourself and all living beings.”
Eight Steps to Happiness, based on the classic Buddhist text Eight Verses of Training the Mind, contains “a step-by-step path to complete inner peace and happiness.… Although Eight Verses was written over nine hundred years ago, it is as relevant today as it was then. Whether Buddhist or not, anyone with a genuine wish to overcome their inner problems and achieve permanent inner peace and happiness can benefit from [this] advice,” Gyatso writes... Full Article
- Sean Robsville