Happiness - by Lama Gendun Rinpoche
Monday 8 February 2010
Lama Gendun Rinpoche was a Tibetan monk born in 1918, respected for his embodiment of kindness, compassion and simplicity. About his life he said: "I don’t have a life story, I’ve drunk tea and eaten tsampa".
Below is one of his famous poems.
Happiness cannot be foundthrough great effort and willpower,but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.Don’t strain yourself,there is nothing to do or undo.Whatever momentarily arises in the body-mindhas no real importance at all, has little reality whatsoever.Why identify with, and become attached to it,passing judgment upon it and ourselves?Far better to simplylet the entire game happen on its own,springing up and falling back like waves—without changing or manipulating anything—and notice how everything vanishes andreappears, magically, again and again,time without end.Only our searching for happinessprevents us from seeing it.It’s like a vivid rainbow which you pursue without evercatching,or a dog chasing its own tail.Although peace and happiness do not existas an actual thing or place,it is always availableand accompanies you every instant.Don’t believe in the realityof good and bad experiences;they are like today’s ephemeral weather,like rainbows in the sky.Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,you exhaust yourself in vain.As soon as you open and relax this tight fist of grasping,infinite space is there—open, inviting and comfortable.Make use of the spaciousness, this freedom and natural ease.Don’t search any further.Don’t go into the tangled junglelooking for the great awakened elephant,who is already resting quietly at homein front of your own hearth.Nothing to do or undo,nothing to force,nothing to want,and nothing missing----Emaho! Marvelous!Everything happens by itself.
Lama Gendun Rinpoche