Ricard: pleasure and happiness part 2

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“In brief, there is no direct relationship between pleasure and happiness.
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This distinction does not suggest that we mustn’t seek out pleasurable sensations.
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There is no reason to deprive ourselves of the enjoyment of a magnificent landscape, of swimming in the sea, or of the scent of a rose.
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Pleasures become obstacles only when they upset the mind’s equilibrium and lead to an obsession with gratification or an aversion to anything that thwarts them.
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Although intrinsically different from happiness, pleasure is not its enemy.
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It all depends on how it is experienced.
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If it is tainted with grasping and impedes inner freedom, giving rise to avidity and dependence, it is an obstacle to happiness.
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On the other hand, if it is experienced in the present moment, in a state of inner peace and freedom, pleasure adorns happiness without overshadowing it.”

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on July 17, 2016 at 3:51 am

    Sometimes I think we ‘over think” things. When I feel pleasure I associate it more with joy than happiness. I enjoy and feel pleasure in the beauty of a rose, a flower, nature, a hug,a smile, I smile, joyful. Doesn’t mean happiness. Never an issue to distinguish for me, never really thought about it until you pointed out the difference.

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