Beyond Happiness

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“Despite leading a sheltered life as a prince, the future Buddha was deeply disturbed by the sickness, old age, and death he witnessed around him, and he resolved to discover a way out.
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After years of austerities and deep meditation, he concluded that we suffer because we crave what we can’t have and resist what we have—the twin impulses of attachment and aversion.
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In essence, we’re constantly at war with the way things are.
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Further, he realized that attachment, aversion, and ignorance are based on a fundamental illusion—that we’re solid, separate, isolated selves living in a material world that’s constantly threatening to deprive or destroy us.
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The only way out of this suffering, and the sure path to happiness, he discovered, was to awaken from the illusion of separation and realize our interdependence—indeed, our oneness—with all of life.”
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