Our happiness is not dependant on external circumstances

In this podcast, Buddhist teacher Gen-la Kelsang Jampa discusses the importance of meditation in helping us gain control over our mind. Without meditation, our minds are like balloons in the wind, constantly swayed by external circumstances, leading to fluctuating moods and anxiety. Our happiness becomes dependent on factors beyond our control, making us vulnerable to changes.

Gen-la Kelsang Jampa shares the wisdom of Buddhist master Shantideva, who uses the analogy of leather soles to illustrate the futility of trying to control external events. Instead, we should focus on controlling our minds, which is the key to consistent happiness and well-being. By practicing meditation, we can create an inner space and clarity that allows us to maintain a peaceful mind, regardless of changing circumstances. This balanced state of mind leads to happiness and reduces anxiety. Ultimately, controlling our minds through meditation enables us to remain peaceful amidst uncertainty and adversity, securing our happiness and well-being.

More information on this subject can be found in the books How to Transform Your Life and Modern Buddhism.

Gen-la Jampa
Gen-la Jampa
Our happiness is not dependant on external circumstances
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