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  • Kyonin
    Treeleaf Priest / Engineer
    • Oct 2010
    • 6742

    10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

    Hey guys!

    Someone on my Twitter found this article in a blog that list some concepts in Buddhism that had been studied by science. While some of them I think are common place now, it's a good post nonetheless.

    I love it when science and Buddhism agree! What do you think?

    http://www.wildmind.org/blogs/on-practi ... -you-happy

    Here is a shortened list:

    1. Be generous
    2. Savor everyday moments
    3. Avoid comparisons
    4. Put money low on the list
    5. Have meaningful goals
    6. Take initiative at work
    7. Make friends, treasure family
    8. Look on the bright side
    9. Say thank you like you mean it
    10. Get out and exercise
    Hondō Kyōnin
    奔道 協忍
  • Shokai
    Treeleaf Priest
    • Mar 2009
    • 6391

    #2
    Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

    Thanks for sharing this Choco!
    合掌,生開
    gassho, Shokai

    仁道 生開 / Jindo Shokai

    "Open to life in a benevolent way"

    https://sarushinzendo.wordpress.com/

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    • Hoyu
      Member
      • Nov 2010
      • 2020

      #3
      Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

      Thanks Kyonin this was a nice article

      I really dig this bit from #3(Avoid comparisons)
      Buddhists are advised to avoid “conceit.” Now in the west we think of conceit as a sense of superiority, but in Buddhism conceit includes thinking you’re inferior to others, AND it includes thinking that you’re equal to others! What’s left? Just not thinking in terms of self and other at all.
      Gassho,
      Hoyu
      Ho (Dharma)
      Yu (Hot Water)

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      • Kaishin
        Member
        • Dec 2010
        • 2322

        #4
        Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

        What's this "happiness"? I'm trying to find it...but I can't... :wink:

        My problem with articles like this is that it sets up "happiness" (whatever the heck that is) as a goal of practice. But I don't think that's quite it. There is always flux, you can't put your finger on it. Maybe equanimity is a better choice of words here. "Happy" is seen as a positive state. But we know where that trap gets us...

        Hmm.
        Thanks,
        Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
        Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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        • Omoi Otoshi
          Member
          • Dec 2010
          • 801

          #5
          10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

          If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
          If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
          -Dalai Lama
          In a spring outside time, flowers bloom on a withered tree;
          you ride a jade elephant backwards, chasing the winged dragon-deer;
          now as you hide far beyond innumerable peaks--
          the white moon, a cool breeze, the dawn of a fortunate day

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          • Ryumon
            Member
            • Apr 2007
            • 1706

            #6
            Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

            Originally posted by Kaishin
            What's this "happiness"? I'm trying to find it...but I can't... :wink:

            My problem with articles like this is that it sets up "happiness" (whatever the heck that is) as a goal of practice. But I don't think that's quite it. There is always flux, you can't put your finger on it. Maybe equanimity is a better choice of words here. "Happy" is seen as a positive state. But we know where that trap gets us...

            Hmm.
            Yes, my feeling exactly. Owen Flannagan, in his recent book The Boddhisatva's Brain looks at that and points out that Buddhism doesn't claim to offer happiness, but a release from suffering, or, as he says, eudamonia, or flourishing, or "a stable sense of serenity and contentment."
            ---
            Ryūmon (Kirk)
            流文

            SAT/LAH

            I know nothing.

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            • Kaishin
              Member
              • Dec 2010
              • 2322

              #7
              Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

              Originally posted by kirkmc
              Originally posted by Kaishin
              What's this "happiness"? I'm trying to find it...but I can't... :wink:

              My problem with articles like this is that it sets up "happiness" (whatever the heck that is) as a goal of practice. But I don't think that's quite it. There is always flux, you can't put your finger on it. Maybe equanimity is a better choice of words here. "Happy" is seen as a positive state. But we know where that trap gets us...

              Hmm.
              Yes, my feeling exactly. Owen Flannagan, in his recent book The Boddhisatva's Brain looks at that and points out that Buddhism doesn't claim to offer happiness, but a release from suffering, or, as he says, eudamonia, or flourishing, or "a stable sense of serenity and contentment."
              Do you recommend that book? I read the preface in the online preview...looks pretty interesting.
              Thanks,
              Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
              Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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              • Ryumon
                Member
                • Apr 2007
                • 1706

                #8
                Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                It's very interesting, a bit dense, and covers several areas, not just the "eudamion" bit. He's a very good writer, and can make complex things seem a lot less complex. But it is a demanding book that requires a lot of attention and reflection.

                So, in short, if that's the kind of reading you do, yes, I recommend it. I bought several of his other books after reading it.
                ---
                Ryūmon (Kirk)
                流文

                SAT/LAH

                I know nothing.

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                • Jinyo
                  Member
                  • Jan 2012
                  • 1957

                  #9
                  Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                  Hi - there's a lot of literature out there and members often mention books/articles they've found interesting/useful.

                  Is there a central thread on the site where we can leave book reviews/recommendations?

                  thanks,

                  Willow

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                  • Ryumon
                    Member
                    • Apr 2007
                    • 1706

                    #10
                    Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                    It might be a good idea to create a sub-forum for reviews of books and other objects...
                    ---
                    Ryūmon (Kirk)
                    流文

                    SAT/LAH

                    I know nothing.

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                    • Kaishin
                      Member
                      • Dec 2010
                      • 2322

                      #11
                      Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                      Originally posted by willow
                      Hi - there's a lot of literature out there and members often mention books/articles they've found interesting/useful.

                      Is there a central thread on the site where we can leave book reviews/recommendations?

                      thanks,

                      Willow
                      Not that I'm aware of. Usually people just post a new thread. Jundo sometimes posts reviews, maybe in the Recommended Reading thread. But I like your idea, would make these easier to find.
                      Thanks,
                      Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
                      Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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                      • Jundo
                        Treeleaf Founder and Priest
                        • Apr 2006
                        • 39456

                        #12
                        Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                        Originally posted by Kaishin
                        Originally posted by willow
                        Hi - there's a lot of literature out there and members often mention books/articles they've found interesting/useful.

                        Is there a central thread on the site where we can leave book reviews/recommendations?

                        thanks,

                        Willow
                        Not that I'm aware of. Usually people just post a new thread. Jundo sometimes posts reviews, maybe in the Recommended Reading thread. But I like your idea, would make these easier to find.
                        Hi,

                        I am happy to have people post reviews of books and such, but if related to Zen/Zazen/Buddhism, I will ask to keep the content and teachings pretty strictly to what we practice here. Maybe check with me or Taigu before recommending a book.

                        We are not a forum for "general meditation/Buddhism discussion", but a practice place emphasizing a particular flavor and approach to Practice. So, in our "Karate Dojo" we don't really teach the ways of Judo or tennis because not consistent with the Karate Practice here.

                        Gassho, Jundo
                        ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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                        • Rev R
                          Member
                          • Jul 2007
                          • 457

                          #13
                          Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                          Seems to me the trick is to drop the thought, "I will be happy if X condition is met".

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                          • Kaishin
                            Member
                            • Dec 2010
                            • 2322

                            #14
                            Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                            Originally posted by Rev R
                            Seems to me the trick is to drop the thought, "I will be happy if X condition is met".
                            Yes, hard to do though. Damn hard.
                            Thanks,
                            Kaishin (開心, Open Heart)
                            Please take this layman's words with a grain of salt.

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                            • Rev R
                              Member
                              • Jul 2007
                              • 457

                              #15
                              Re: 10 things science (and Buddhism) says will make you happy

                              So is a triple lutz (?) but it can be done.

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