Recently, I felt drawn to study teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. While I am still in the early stages of study, I felt called to share what I’ve learned thus far.
According to the Dalai Lama, the purpose of life is to be happy and the way to achieve happiness is through mental peace. His Holiness states,
“From my own limited experience, I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion.”
So − how do we develop love and compassion and what are the benefits?
“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”
Why does love and compassion bring happiness?
“Ultimately, the reason why love and compassion bring the greatest happiness is simply that our nature cherishes them above all else. The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence. It results from the profound interdependence we all share with one another. However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. However vigorous and independent one may feel during the most prosperous periods of life, when one is sick or very young or very old, one must depend on the support of others.”
The Dalai Lama further explains that interdependence is a fundamental law of nature. He mentions that the smallest insects are social beings who survive through mutual cooperation innately knowing they are interconnected.
In fact; oceans, forests, clouds, and flowers, arise because of the interaction of subtle energy patterns.
“It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence.”
The Tibetan teacher points out;
“If the child is not held, hugged, cuddled, or loved, its development will be impaired and its brain will not mature properly.”
He observes and surmises;
“Nowadays, many children grow up in unhappy homes. If they do not receive proper affection, in later life they will rarely love their parents and, not infrequently, will find it hard to love others.”
And, the conclusion is;
“the affection and respect of others are vital for our happiness.”
But it doesn’t end here. Part two will follow next post.
Source: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet website.
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