Friday, April 12, 2019

Everyone alive wants happiness (Ajahn Lee)

Ajahn Lee via Ven. Sujato and Ellie Askew; Dhr. Seven (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly

I want more happiness than my human.
Everyone alive wants happiness -- even common animals -- but our actions for the most part aren't in line with our intentions. This is why we don't realize the happiness we want. It is simply because there's no truth to us.

For example, when people come to the monastery, if they come to make offerings, observe precepts, or sit in meditation for the sake of praise or a good reputation, there's no real merit to what they're doing.

They don't gain real happiness from it, so they end up disappointed and dissatisfied. Then they start saying that offerings, precepts, and meditation don't yield any good results.

Instead of reflecting on the fact that they weren't right and honest in doing these things, they say that there's no real good to the Three Jewels, the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, that the Buddha's teachings (Dharma) are a lot of nonsense and lies, that the Buddha's followers (Sangha) follow without benefit.

But actually the Buddha's teachings are an affair of the truth. If a person isn't true to the Buddha's teachings, the Buddha's teachings will not be true to that person -- and that person won't be able to know what the Buddha's true teachings are.

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