|Be happy now (Alan Watts)|
The exclusively Buddhist language of Pali, we are told, has many more words for happiness, joy, and gladness than English. It has so many that awkward words like "gladness" have to be used, invented, or simply abandoned for repetition.
|D'ohm. I'm happiest when I meditate.|
But he came across the experience of the majority of Sri Lankan Buddhists engaged in a devotional practice called "Recollecting the Qualities of the Buddha" (buddhanusati), which favors faith/confidence over intellectualism/self-improvement (even if it means self-torture). The Sri Lankan way seemed silly and worshipful, not in line with the Buddha's teaching of how to strive toward enlightenment.