August 08, 2009

Daily Dharma: The Source of All Happiness

Dalai Lama TricycleIn this world, all qualities spring from preferring the well-being of
others to our own, whereas frustrations, confusion, and pain result
from selfish attitudes. By adopting an altruistic outlook and by
treating others in the way they deserve, our own happiness is assured
as a byproduct. We should realize that self-centeredness is the source
of all suffering, and that thinking of others is the source of all
happiness.

–His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV, from The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace (Element)

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William Lu's picture

Apparently altruism seems to be inherent in all social animals while spite, a feature of self-centerdness, appears to be a particular only to humans. Therefore we must work harder to lead an altruistic life and shed the bad habits that we were born into.