What is happiness?

Where to seek happiness?

From the first moment we open our eyes in the morning, our first thoughts are, to some extent, “as long as it goes well today”. Throughout our day, we nourish this desire that everything goes well. Even at night, in our dreams, we hope to live pleasant moments…

And yet, if we were asked “happiness, what is it? It would be difficult for us to clearly and simply describe the object of all our lusts… It’s still strange, don’t you think?

The consumerism of our modern societies promises us that happiness lies in the objects we just need to buy. Throughout the day, through all our screens, our urban landscapes and our written press, we are literally bludgeoned with advertising messages that unanimously say the same thing:

“Are you looking for happiness? Buy me! “.

Through meditation, we finally take some time to ask ourselves this question. Here, as part of the teachings of Buddhist wisdom, we reflect and test in our own experience the definition of happiness proposed in teachings more than 2600 years old. But already at the time, as since the dawn of time, Man has always tried to bring this quest for happiness to its end. So, what definition of happiness does Buddhism offer us?

“Happiness and suffering are states of mind, so their main causes cannot be outside the mind. The real source of happiness is inner peace. If our mind is at peace, we will be happy all the time, regardless of the external conditions, but if it is disturbed or disturbed in one way or another, we will never be happy, even if the external conditions are the best. ”

Excerpt from the book How to transform your life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Inner peace!…
Is that all? Just inner peace? …

Well, yes! But in Buddhism, you are asked to never believe an affirmation without passing it to the mill of your critical mind and then test it life-size in your daily life. This is why the meditation classes given in our center aim to explain each concept by dissecting it with scientific rigor and a rational mind.

Subsequently, it is your responsibility to objectively check whether meditation actually brings you happiness. You need to observe the quality of a day when you meditated and compare it to a day when you did not meditate. Thus, you should see how a peaceful spirit gradually allows you to live a simply happier life! With this motivation, meditation can very quickly become a very effective tool to find the Holy Grail where you may not have sought: happiness is a state of mind, it makes sense to find it in our mind and more precisely in a peaceful spirit.