“A disciplined mind brings happiness.” The Buddha
“The secret to my own happiness, my own good future, is within my own hands. I must not miss that opportunity!” Dalai Lama XIV
We tend to look for happiness outside of ourselves, and in the process we spend much of our time and energy attempting to make the external world conform to our wishes. We seek happiness by surrounding ourselves with people and things that make us feel safe and comfortable. Then we hold on tight. We work hard to push away whatever makes us feel uncomfortable, to do away with whatever we believe makes us feel unhappy. Despite our endless efforts, we find no true, lasting happiness….for good reason!
The happiness we seek is not dependent on anything external; it is a state of mind cultivated through mental discipline. It's what we do that grows happiness, not what we get, or have. The Buddha taught: “Do good, avoid evil and purify the mind.” This is how we go about transforming the mind into a wholesome mind, a mind capable of true happiness. We don’t realize Awakening to find happiness. Instead, we cultivate the mental state of happiness in order to realize enlightenment.
During our day together we will how learn to cultivate happiness in ourselves by applying the teachings of Insight Meditation. This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include formal meditation, discourse, discussion and time for questions.