On Happiness

“We need to recognize that suffering is part of life or, in Beddhist terms, of samsara*, the cycle of conditioned existence. If we regard suffering as negative and abnormal, and consider ourselves it’s victims, then life becomes a misery. Our attitude is the problem. Happiness is possible only when what we call suffering no longer causes us distress.”
-The Dalai Lama
*Wikipedia tells me this refers to the concept of a cycle of birth (jāti), and consequent decay and death (jarāmaraṇa), in which all beings in the universe participate, and which can only be escaped through enlightenment. Saṃsāra is associated with suffering and is generally considered the antithesis of Nirvāṇa


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