What is Buddhist Happiness?
The Buddha said: life is suffering. As such, is there happiness from Buddhist perspective?
It is believed that a Buddhist practitioner is able to train his brain to feel genuine happiness and defeat aggressive instincts. How can a Buddhist train to be happy? According to a Philosophical professor, through practicing meditation, a Buddhist is able to simulate the left pre-frontal lobe where positive emotions exist. The practice of meditative activity in that area evokes positive feelings.
However, Buddhists are not born with happiness genes. They gain happiness through conscientious practice of mediation. It is deeply believed that Buddhist peaceful and mindful meditation are able to lead to genuine happiness.
How To Attain Buddhist Happiness:
- Purify Mind
All worldly possessions are poisonous. What we are having now will pass away in a minute. We should not be deceived by material possessions. We should train our mind with merits, and let this kind of attitude towards life embrace all living beings. When we do this way, we are no longer ordinary human beings, but a great being.
- Put Others First
The view that put self first is based on self-grasping ignorance. Buddhism encourages human beings to be humble and regards oneself less precious than others. One who can cherish others more than oneself tends to be respectful to others and more open to mind. As a result, one is able to learn from other human beings and situations. These qualities are sources of happiness.
- Avoid Delusion
Buddhism believes in the notion of non-discriminations. We may judge something or someone to be good or bad. As a matter of fact, there is no point arguing which one is better. In this sense, there is little meaning in dividing people into friends and enemies. All these discriminations lead to jealousy and anger, which are obstacles to full enlightenment.
Every one owns the potential to be a Buddha. One should purify one’s mind of all faults and limitations and bring all good qualities and perfections. One’s mind, in essence, is clear, but overshadowed by the clouds of delusions.