Happiness Quotes From Kadampa Buddhism
Buddha gave 84,000 instructions on how to train the mind to be happy and free from problems; teachings that some see as just happiness quotes, but to Buddhists worldwide, Buddha’s teachings are taken as pure spiritual instructions which reveal the supreme path to inner peace and happiness.
In a special Buddhist lineage, known as Kadampa Buddhism, Buddha explained the profound practice of training the mind through which we take on the sufferings of others using our love and compassion.
Here is a short explanation of the context of these teachings and some of the happiness quotes that came from this profound practice.
Geshe Langri Tangpa of the Kadampa Lineage
We All Wish For Happiness
Every living being has the same basic wish – to be happy and avoid suffering. Even newborn babies, animals and insects have this wish. It has been our main wish since beginningless time and it is with us all the time, even in our sleep. We spend our whole life working hard to fulfill this wish.
Since this world evolved, humans beings have spent much time and energy improving external conditions in their search for happiness and a solution to their many problems. What has been the result? Instead of their wishes being fulfilled, human suffering has continued to increase, while the experience of happiness and peace is decreasing. This clearly shows that we need to find a true method for gaining pure happiness and freedom from misery.
All our problems and all our unhappiness are created by our uncontrolled mind and our non-virtuous actions. By engaging in the practice of dharma, we can learn to pacify and control our mind, abandon non-virtuous actions and their root cause, and thereby attain permanent peace, the true cessation of all our suffering.
Finding Happiness Through Training The Mind
The supreme dharma of training the mind (Tibetan: Lojong) is an unsurpassed method for controlling our mind, and reveals the principle path to enlightenment.
Within the teachings on training the mind Geshe Chekawa gave a very special instruction: “To remember this train in every activity by words”
These two lines from the root text advise us to memorize certain words to recite at appropriate times so as to remind us of our essential practice of exchanging self with others, and especially our practice of taking and giving. (A free guided audio meditation on this profound practice to counter selfishness and self-cherishing can be found below). There are many quotations from the scripture to choose from.
Quotes on Happiness
For example, in one sutra, in reference to the life story of the Bodhisattva Norsang, Buddha says:
You should think as follows, “May I take on the suffering of migrators and may my body transform into whatever they find beneficial”
In Praise of Supreme Actions Sutra Buddha says:
“May the infinite sufferings of god, demi-gods, and humans beings, yama, animals, and hell beings, ripen upon me, and may migrators receive all happiness.”
In Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Shantideva says
“May all the suffering of living beings, ripen soley upon me, and by the power of the bodhisattva’s virtue and aspirations, may all beings experience happiness.”
In Eight Verses of Training the Mind, Geshe Langri Tangpa says:
“In short, may I directly and indirectly offer help and happiness to all my mothers, and secretly take upon myself, all their harm and suffering.”
These quotes remind us of the dangers of selfishness and the courage of the bodhisattva’s heart to take on the suffering of others while giving them happiness throughout our daily life.
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