How to achieve happiness according to Buddha
May 29, 2022
This treatment is a daily practice of conscious thought and action that takes place in our experience.
Do meditation and yoga it is one of the best known tools to integrate Buddhist principles, and it is not a harsh separation from reality as many believe, but rather knowing how to detach from the past and the future, remaining in the present experience, which is where peace and true happiness.
Before practicing the eightfold noble path, the Buddha's teachings first go through an understanding of dukkha and the four noble truths.
The first noble truth: Life is dukkha
Dukkha comes from the Pali term used to describe the primary reason for suffering. It refers to all those torments that cause us dissatisfaction, whether due to illness or not getting what we want. Even clinging to oneself as something permanent and separate is itself dukkha.
The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Dukkha Is Born of Desire
The Buddha's second truth is that dukkha occurs because of cyclical and interdependent interactions between external events and internal/subjective factors (reactions to those events). The way we interpret and relate to experiences causes the appearance of dukkha. The tendencies we adopt towards it are, according to the Buddha's teachings: greed (desires, addictions to pleasure), ignorance (confusion, misperception) and hate (rejection, avoidance, difficulty with uncomfortable emotions).
The third noble truth: dukkha can be removedLiberation from suffering is the result of awakening from patterns of dukkha. This liberation known in Sanskrit as nirvana occurs by reducing and abandoning the need for desires, and thus greed, ignorance and hatred.
The fourth noble truth: The elimination of dukkha is done through the eightfold noble pathThis path is usually divided into three groups that together contain the eight factors:
wisdom (good perspective/understanding, good intention)
Ethical conduct (good speech, good action, good lifestyle)
Mental cultivation (good effort, good awareness, good concentration)
El eightfold noble path it is a practical path out of ignorance, releasing dukkha through good thoughts and actions.
Equanimity: peace and happinessThe Buddha's teachings find happiness through the use of understanding and practice in order to achieve equanimity.
The term equanimity is defined as a state of psychological stability or composure that is not disturbed by experience or exposure to emotions, pain or other phenomena that can cause loss of balance of the mind.
For the Buddha, equanimity is achieved by disengaging oneself from the dukkha cycle of desires.
The Buddha's teachings force us to examine ourselves and our relationship with reality, since the true path to happiness comes from an arduous task of confronting reality and the presence of suffering and its mental dysfunctions.
Buddhism is a philosophy that focuses a lot on the mind and its illusions and delusions, but through good practices it finds a way out to equanimity and the elevation of consciousness, and therefore, to true happiness.
The practice of yoga and meditation on a daily basis are two of the most distinguished tools to enter the paths proposed by the Buddha.
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