The reason people suffer is because they are in happiness but do not enjoy, keep searching. If we were to sit here with no worries, no fear, no sadness, would we be happy? Right here is happiness.
If you know it well or a saint, you will have happiness.
It is not only the Saints who have happiness, but the mortal world.
The reason people suffer is because they are in happiness but do not enjoy, keep searching.
If we were to sit here with no worries, no fear, no sadness, would we be happy?
Right here is happiness.
You are suffering because you are sitting here and remembering things at home, do not know if your children at home go out to play? Are there bad people coming to seduce their children?
The mind is worried and restless, how can there be happiness?
Suppose that in a family, husband and wife and children are gathered around a tray of rice, how happy they are through the story of religion in gentle words.
On the contrary, when talking, husband and wife do not agree with each other, even though they talk with each other but secretly oppose each other and don’t get along.
Although the family gathers to eat and drink, but secretly opposes it, there is no happiness.
If we can let go of our own ideas and live in the present, happiness will always be overflowing.
Every day, after a tiring work session, you take a shower, or lie on your father’s chair or sit under a tree, your mind is not worried and sad, will you be happy at that time?
– Full of happiness.
On the contrary, if the body lies there but the mind keeps running back and forth, remembering this child is sad, remembering that neighbor is not good…
There is always sadness and insecurity, so there is no happiness.
So you go looking for happiness, you never know when you’ll find it?
Because I don’t accept living with what I have and living with the present. Now you don’t wait to be a Saint to be happy, but live with whatever you do right now and always be happy.
When eating rice enjoy in eating rice. When you work, you have fun at work. Whatever you do, you’ll be happy with what you’re doing, if you don’t mind thinking about it, you’ll be extremely happy.
King Ly Thai Ton visited Zen Master Zen Master.
– How long has the monk stayed on this mountain?
The Master replied:
“Only know this date,
Who knows spring and autumn first”.
He is so happy, just know it right now.
Because we don’t live in the present, we are not happy.
Sitting here regretting the past, looking forward to the future.
For example, we plant an orange tree, just look at it hoping it has flowers and fruit, and when we see the fruit, we are not happy. How can you be happy living like that? We always want things to be the way we want them to be.
Things are dependent, when good enough conditions are good, they become good, if they are not good enough, they become bad.
Whatever we do, we just do our best, and the achievements depend on the weather. Because whatever we do, we also expect to achieve something like this or that.
Or live today without living fully with today, hoping that tomorrow something strange will happen.
Or live this year and dream that next year will be prosperous and profitable…
Dreaming, dreaming until you are old and close to death, you are afraid.
How can you be happy living like that?
After all hope and then remember, remembering the young, talented and glorious youth, reminiscing about the past is regretful.
Just like that, insecurity, no happy moments.
Buddhists should practice living today to be happy with today, content with the present, with their existing work.
This is the only way to be happy.
If you do not accept the present, are not satisfied with what you already have, and keep dreaming of the future and longing for the past, you will never be happy and will continue to suffer.
In the Vajra Sutra, Buddha taught:
“The past is unattainable,
At present the mind is unattainable,
Impossible future mind”.
That is, not running after the past mind, present mind, future mind, but to be at peace in this moment is happiness.
Where can mortals know how to live like this without happiness?
HT. Like Thanh Tu