11 Jun What Tibetan Buddhism Can Teach Us About Happiness
Despite being a geographically isolated culture, Tibet has managed to produce one of the world’s largest and most influential religions — Buddhism.
Buddhism is now practiced by more than 500 million people worldwide, making it the 4th-largest religion globally.
It continues to grow at a rapid rate, particularly in countries like the United Kingdom.
But why has this religion become so popular so quickly?
One of the reasons is that Buddhism focusses on finding inner peace through meditation and other mindfulness techniques.
Buddhist teachings also help devotees become calm, confident and happy in their lives.
You will be happy to learn that you don’t need to be a strict devotee of Buddhism to gain wisdom and happiness from Buddhist teachings.
This post will share a few concepts from Tibetan buddhism that are useful for living a happier life.
Becoming self aware
Buddhists believe that attaining true happiness requires loving compassion and mindful awareness.
Achieving these two objectives is only possible through contemplative practices like meditation.
Meditation will help you develop a greater state of consciousness and bring the brain into its growth-orientated state.
The more you meditate, the more you learn about yourself and your relationship with others.
This will help you become a more confident and happy person.
Researchers have also discovered that there are many other advantages associated with meditation including:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Healthier eating habits
- Better sleep, less insomnia
- Better immune system function and much more
Accepting that life will be difficult
The Buddha says that all life is Suffering (Dhukka).
While your first thought might be that this is a very pessimistic way to look at the world, the opposite is true.
The Buddha is saying that instead of being worried about the suffering you might experience, you should try to embrace it.
We must accept Dukkha because it is a natural part of the world.
Becoming old, getting sick, having unfulfilled desires, caring for others who are ill, and dying are all forms of suffering.
By accepting the chaotic nature of life and the suffering it contains, you can allow yourself to be much happier.
That means you shouldn’t try to avoid difficult emotions like sorrow or fear, but embrace them as they are a part of the world.
This simple idea will help you navigate difficult situations like the death or a loved one or health problems.
The Buddha says that we should all practice loving kindness.
This involves sending kindness to all of the people around us — even if they are our enemies.
There is even a Buddhist meditation called metta bhavana to cultivate loving kindness.
Loving kindness is an important concept in Buddhism, because Buddhists believe that all humans are interconnected.
Any act of kindness to another human being will be reflected upon you.
An additional benefit of having an open, kind and loving heart is that it will attract other people to you.
That means it will be easy to find more friends or new romantic partners.
Have better relationships
Buddhism has a lot to teach on the topic of maintaining healthy relationships.
The concepts of loving compassion and mindful awareness are particularly useful.
They will help you communicate more effectively with your loved ones and be more loving with those around you.
Buddhist teachings also make it easier to enter into a relationship with no expectations.
If you keep the concept of Dhukka in mind, then you will expect the relationship to have a few ups-and-downs.
You will be less concerned about the bad parts of the relationship and be more able to enjoy the good parts.
Buddhist teachings encourage compassion and love for your partner, which will mean more happiness.
Most people fear death. It’s no wonder — the idea of going through a painful experience and leaving your loved ones behind does seem like a very daunting prospect.
Buddhists have a different view.
They see death as the final achievement of a life well lived.
Buddhists also believe that you will be reincarnated in one of the six Gati (realms) called Bhavachakra.
Dying doesn’t mean the end, it means the next stage of your journey is just starting.
Embracing this philosophy and focussing on the many enjoyable things you have enjoyed in your life can make passing away easier.
You can focus on the happiness and joy in your life while looking forward to your next adventure.