Monday, 16 January 2012

The Pursuit of Happiness- Lessons from a Tibetean

Dalai Lama - Obey GiantNeither thought, feeling or emotion. Not a product of secretion nor a hormonal reality, rather a basis for holism, the facets that constitute to the health of the mind, body and soul. Pondered and challenged, documented and experienced, it remains elusive and ill-defined as an ever impending force of spiritual and political proportions seeks to rectify the short-comings of man. Backed by millennia of spiritual enlightenment and thought provoking wisdom, he has dumb-founded and astounded, even his western counterparts. "I believe that the purpose of our life is to seek happiness..., for the very motion of life seems directed towards happiness", proclaims the Dalai Lama, the preeminent symbol of the Buddhist faith and the Tibetan state. A man doused with wit and wisdom, one that is quoted by many and 'worshiped' by that of others. The Dalai Lama is the living, breathing and pondering representation of the philosophical, theological and spiritual yearning for happiness. A man, the representative of a faith rich in holism. But the Dalai Lama's quest to seek, pursue and capture the very essence of happiness is one that has morphed into some profound experiences. While claiming to have attained some measure of happiness, the Dalai Lama has reached broadly out to his western counterparts and has demonstrated in an indiscriminate manner  how the spirit of happiness can be attained 'by training the mind'. By exposing the mind to a routine, one that exposes its value, ponders its blessings and seek the comfort of human warmth and compassion. Buddhism as portrayed by that o the Dalai Lama is a faith of well defined and abundant spirituality, for when one conquers the spirit he has the dexterity and the very capacity to reach an uncompromising state of equilibrium. A state of 'inner-peace' of tranquility and serenity. The Dalai Lama stands as a figure of serenity, of self-fulfilment and a certain degree of happiness. Whether represented by the smile of a face or the product of one's behavioral cognition, it has been overlooked by countless western institutions, specialities of the mind and of cognition. This brings a proposition, of how a civilisation copious in wealth, power, influence and dominance has yet to conquer to spirit of happiness. Its essence and ecstasy remaining in the wise hands of those who seek the inner from the outer, the Tibetan, the Dalai Lama. A representation of faith in conjunction with calls for tranquility, diplomacy and an interfaith unity. The Buddhist ideology on the reality and the concept of happiness seems indiscriminate of any faith or theology, rather capturing, uniting and ever-encompassing. This transcendent unity build upon a very spiritual and world view, one natural and unadulterated. It seems if one had prior knowledge or a mastery in the ethos of Buddhism and approached its annals and the prospects proposed by that of the Dalai Lama, they would build no correlation between a faith distinct in nature and substance from all other faiths, rather they will foresee a call, a conviction, a very commitment towards the spirit of spirituality; the state of equilibrium. It also becomes apparent that clerics and scholars from differing schools of thought or faiths overlook the spirit of love and compassion and of happiness. Except placing the microscope upon that of jurisprudence, law and theology. Such clerics fail to make faith an accessible and attainable reality and diminish the very essence that makes man human. The Dalai Lama through his western oriented encounters disseminates, a faceless and nameless wit, one that seems not belonging or correlating to a faith or a political ideology. His happiness, propagated by that of his saffron robe and his rimmed spectacles, by his pondering and untroubled nature...

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