Defining love and happiness

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Part of a series of teachings from the Power of Love Retreat, April 27-28, 2013.

  • Love is wanting someone to have happiness and its causes regardless of how someone relates to us
  • Real happiness is internal state of mind and not external sense pleasures
  • Commentary on a verse in Buddhaghosa’s Path of Purification on cultivating love
    • Promotes friendliness towards others, sees others as lovable
    • Manifests as the disappearance of ill will and annoyance
    • When it fails it degenerates into selfish desire
  • Discussion of why we like friends, have apathy for strangers, have aversion to those who harm us, how all of this is made up by our mind
01 Power of Love Retreat 04-27-13

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