Discussion Group

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Discussion Topic 1 hosted by David Shen-Xi March 27, 2021

Buddhism pursues happiness by using knowledge and practice to achieve mental equanimity. In Buddhism, equanimity, or peace of mind, is achieved by detaching oneself from the cycle of craving that produces suffering and unsatisfactoriness.  What do we mean by “detaching oneself”. Can the pursuit of happiness cause suffering if it is considered a good thing as one of the goals of a dedicated practice?  

One response to “Discussion Group

  1. Wayne

    Happy Friday David,

    Just found this and am surprised to be the first to comment. In answer to your question: The pursuit of any phenomena can be a cause of suffering.

    “Buddhism pursues happiness by using knowledge and practice to achieve mental equanimity. ” Is it happiness that we seek to cultivate or would a wiser choice be contentment? Happiness is an emotional phenomena that is difficult to attain and maintain in the midst of an unwholesome situation. Contentment is a mind mediated acceptance of the reality of a situation and how, wholesome or unwholesome, it will pass; and that one has the tools necessary to make good choices.

    I bow,
    Wayne

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