As the Dhamma Wheel turns, last night we returned from New York, two weeks older but perhaps none the wiser. We had a wonderful time anyway, though, and sometimes it’s good to remind yourself to enjoy things, be happy. I think it’s mostly a matter of managing it and not cultivating craving for the things we find happiness in, changing Sukha into Dukha…

That said, I bought another tea-pot in China Town, but other than that, the  CO2 emissions from the flights there and back are the most regrettable consequences I can think of about our trip. I just feel that there isn’t much of a focus on Sukha, in general, when discussing Buddhism. I realize it’s not the most important message, especially when so much suffering is caused by what we think is pleasure, but it’s a great way to practice mindfulness, focussing attention on feelings of joy!

So, for all of us who get too caught up in the don’ts of our practice, weren’t Gotama Buddha’s students noted for how happy they were?


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  1. Thich Nhat Hanh really focuses on the Sukha aspect. His teachings are all geared toward cultivating peace and happiness now. The Buddha did talk about happiness here and now and said that if you follow the precepts and dharma, in general, you will be happy in this life and the future.

    The focus on dukkha is sometimes a more advanced topic. When he spoke to house-holders he talked more about sukha, although reminding us to pitfalls of life is not a bad idea, since we tend to live as if we will never grow old and kick the bucket.

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