Sunday, 4 January 2015


The Heart

All states of being are determined by the heart.
It is the heart that leads the way.
As surely as our shadow never leaves us,
so happiness will follow 
when we act or speak with a pure heart.

Dhammapada v. 2

We all want to be happy. This is the Buddha's advice on how to arrive at happiness. The emphasis, he says must be on creating the correct causes for happiness to arise. If, instead, we emphasize the happiness itself, or at least our fantasies of what that will be like when we get it, then we miss the point. The point is that happiness is the natural consequence of the right causes being in place. Intending in the right direction determines whether we’ll reach the right destination.

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