What’s the secret to happiness?
It’s not an easy question to answer.
If you listen to mainstream media, you might think it’s money or fame. We’re taught to believe that “celebrities” have the perfect life.
But are they really happy? Not exactly.
In fact, according to Buddhist philosophy, attaching our happiness to outside factors like material objects and money will actually make us unhappy.
So, what can we do?
According to Buddhism, we need to focus on our inner peace first, and then everything else will fall into place.
Here are 10 Buddhist lessons that will help us achieve true happiness.
1) Never lose hope
According to Buddhist philosophy, it’s crucial to keep hope, even in tough times.
Buddhism says that change is built into the nature of things: nothing is inherently fixed, not even our identity.
Therefore, no matter bad the situation, it’s important to remember that change is only the law in the universe and it will eventually pass.
According to Buddhist monk, Thanissaro Bhikkhu, the nature of karma also gives up hope:
“In the five reflections, the reflection on karma is the one that gives hope. You realize that you’re in charge of your actions. You’re not simply a victim of fate or of the stars or of some other being acting through you. You’re the one who’s making the choices. That’s what gives you hope.”