The Art Of Happiness

The title of this blog is also the title of a book by his Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD.  This book was published in 1998 and I recently returned to read it again. The following paragraph is in the introduction and I am drawn to sharing it with you.

I think that this is the first time I am meeting most of you. But to me, whether it is an old friend or new friend, there’s not much difference anyway, because I always believe we are the same; we are all human beings. Of course, there may be differences in cultural background or way of life, there may be  differences in our faith, or we may be of a different color, but we are human beings, consisting of the human body and the human mind. Our physical structure is the same, and our mind and our emotional nature are also the same. Wherever I meet people, I always have the feeling that I am encountering another human being,  just like myself. I find it is much easier to communicate with others on that level. If we emphasize specific characteristics, like I am Tibetan or I am Buddhist, then there are differences. But those are secondary. If we can leave the differences aside, I think we can easily communicate, exchange  ideas, and share experiences.

These comments were made by the Dalai Lama  as he opened a week-long series in Arizona in 1993.

Here we are, as human beings, 24 years later still not embracing the reality of what he presented to the world in 1993.

My response to what I have just written is to ask myself if I am doing my part. Namaste.


2 thoughts on “The Art Of Happiness

  1. Catherine,
    I so enjoy your blog and often share your thoughts and sentiments with my children. I hope you are enjoying your son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren!
    I too have read the Dalai Lama’s book, the art of happiness. You have just inspired me to read it again and also to do my part…
    With lots of love and even more light,
    Namaste 🙏🏻
    🕉 Julie


  2. Thank you, Julie! Being in the same city with my son & his family is a joy. It also means I see my daughter more often because she can visit us all in one place…and she is enamored by her niece & nephew. Blessings of love to you & yours, catherine.


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