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Finding true happiness

Finding true happiness

A talk given at the Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala, India on October 23, 2005.

The search for happiness

  • History of Tushita Meditation Centre and memories of Lama Yeshe, the founder
  • Looking for happiness in the external world can never bring us the peace and contentment we seek
  • Happiness does not exist within objects, people or places

Contentment and Happiness 01 (download)

Finding the source

  • Discovering the true source of our happiness and suffering
  • Questioning what we believe
  • Discriminating between correct views and false views

Contentment and Happiness 02 (download)

Questions and answers part one

  • Goals and development of Sravasti Abbey
  • The future of Buddhism?
  • Advice for maintaining a regular practice
  • Sampling different spiritual traditions

Contentment and Happiness Q&A 01 (download)

Questions and answers part two

  • Dealing with anger
  • Intimate relationships and the spiritual path
  • Countering attachment in the moment

Contentment and Happiness Q&A 02 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.