Purpose of life: Happiness

Purpose of life: Happiness

Who is the Buddha? A Buddha is one who has attained Bodhi; and by Bodhi is meant wisdom, an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection which can be achieved by man through purely human means. The term Buddha literally means enlightened one, a knower. Buddhists believe that a Buddha is born in each aeon of time, and our Buddha—the sage Gotama who attained enlightenment under the bo tree at Buddha Gaya in India—was the seventh in the succession.

 

The Dalai Lama says …

 

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

 

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

 

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.

 

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

 

Together with Desmond Tutu, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, both Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, wrote The Book of Joy.

 

“One great question underlies our existence,” the Dalai Lama had said before the trip. “What is the purpose of life? After much consideration, I believe that the purpose of life is to find happiness.”

 

“It does not matter whether one is a Buddhist like me, or a Christian like the Archbishop, or any other religion, or no religion at all. From the moment of birth, every human being wants to discover happiness and avoid suffering. No differences in our cultures or our education or our religion affect this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire joy and contentment. But so often these feelings are fleeting and hard to find, like a butterfly that lands on us and then flutters away…”

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