Reading Archive (Experiencing Happiness)

To Be Simply, Radically, Absolutely Still


Sometimes, in a blessed life, there arises what we call the spiritual search, the search for God, the search for Truth. There is a recognition that the usual means of taking care of this command just ...

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63K reads, 44 comments

The Secret Of Work

Swami Vivekananda

Whatever we do, we want a return. We are all traders. We are traders in life, we are traders in virtue, we are traders in religion. And alas! we are also traders in love. If you come to trade, if i...

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62K reads, 19 comments

The Dalai Lama: Why I Laugh

The Dalai Lama

I have been confronted with many difficulties throughout the course of my life, and my country is going through a critical period. But I laugh often, and my laughter is contagious. When people ask me ...

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49K reads, 21 comments

What Do I Really Need Right Now?

Sharon Salzberg

An essential question we might ask ourselves is, 'What do I really need right now, in this moment, to be happy?' The world offers us many answers to that question: You need a new car and a new...

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47K reads, 21 comments

The Glass is Already Broken

Stephen and Ondrea Levine

Once someone asked a well-known Thai meditation master, "In this world where everything changes, where nothing remains the same, where loss and grief are inherent in our very coming into existenc...

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46K reads, 31 comments

Radical Amazement

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The surest way to suppress our ability to understand the meaning of God and the importance of worship is to take things for granted. Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root of sin. Wo...

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45K reads, 14 comments

A Deep, Uncritical Love

Bhante Gunaratana

You can't make radical changes in the pattern of your life until you begin to see yourself exactly as you are now. As soon as you do that, changes will flow naturally. You don't have to force anything...

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22K reads, 9 comments

My Neighbor's Corn

Naren Kini

There was once a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he gre...

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22K reads, 16 comments

No Rush, No Dawdle: The Secret Of Proper Timing

Tom Maxwell

The present is truly the only place we exist. What we call the past is a construct of memory, the recollection of which constitutes a present experience. According to author Alan Watts, the futur...

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19K reads, 7 comments

Causes Of Happiness

Dalai Lama

The purpose of life is to strive for happiness. Every sentient being has the right to survive; this means having a desire for happiness or comfort: that’s why sentient beings strive to surviv...

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19K reads, 8 comments

A Heart Of Warmth Is Not Something Impossible

Tenzin Palmo

What does love mean? In the West, we mistake the meaning of love; we bandy the word around all the time, from “I love ice-cream” to “I love God”. But we mistake love for desire...

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19K reads, 11 comments

Finding the Deepest Joy in Relationships

Ezra Bayda

One very helpful tool in both clarifying and working with our relationship difficulties is to return to the three questions: Am I truly happy right now? What blocks happiness? Can I surrender to what...

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19K reads, 12 comments

Three Qualities Of Holiness

Anthony De Mello

True happiness is uncaused. You are happy for no reason at all.  And true happiness cannot be experienced. It is not within the realm of consciousness. So it is with holiness.  Holiness i...

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18K reads, 6 comments

With Fullness in Life, Everything is Possible

Facundo Cabral

You are not depressed; you are distracted. You believe that you have lost something, which is impossible, because everything that you have was given to you. You did not make a single hair of your head...

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18K reads, 14 comments

Plan of Life

Nicole Grasset

For most of us, the first thing we must do is to work -- to have a roof over our head, bread in our mouth, fire in our chimney -- for ourselves and for those who are dependent on us.  Work chosen...

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18K reads, 15 comments

A Scheme to Change the World?

Hazrat Inayat Khan

The other day I lectured in Paris and after my lecture a very able man came to me and said, 'Have you got a scheme?' I said, 'What scheme?' 'Of bettering conditions.' I repl...

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15K reads, 16 comments