Buddhism, Enlightenment, Happiness, Meditation, Mind, Practice, Truth, Zen

Q2. Why aren’t we happy enough?

A. Yes, we do a lot of things to make, not only ourselves but also our families happy.
Then what can we do to be happy? What do we do to be happy in reality? What have we done to make ourselves happy so far? We struggle to make as much money as possible thinking the more money we have the happier we will be. We have religions because we expect them to bring us happiness. We go on a picnic, play sports, go dancing, have a party, even go gambling or and take drugs. There are too many things we can do, many things we do and many things we have done. However, many people are still unhappy. Many people have not been successful in achieving happiness. Why are we still unhappy, or why aren’t we still happy enough while we are surrounded by countless things we can do to make ourselves happy? Why don’t we succeed in achieving happiness, even though we are always doing our best to be happy? It’s because we can’t see happiness itself while pursuing (seeking, going after) happiness. In other words, we don’t know what happiness is, and we don’t know where it is because we cannot see it. That is, we are looking for something. However, unfortunately we don’t know what it is and where it is. It doesn’t make any sense. Do you think we can win the game? The chances are very slim. We are playing a game we can not win. We are playing a hopeless game.


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway.

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