Simple: “Happiness”. By Matthew Ricard

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Having a simple mind is not the same as being simpleminded.
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On the contrary, simplicity of mind is reflected in clarity of thought.
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Like clear water that lets us see all the way to the lake bottom, simplicity reveals the nature of the mind behind the veil of restless thought.
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André Comte-Sponville has found an inspiring way of describing it:
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“The simple person lives the way he breathes, with no more effort or glory, with no more affectation and without shame. . . .
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Simplicity is freedom, buoyancy, transparency. As simple as the air, as free as the air. . . .
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The simple person does not take himself too seriously or too tragically.
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He goes on his merry way, his heart light, his soul at peace, without a goal, without nostalgia, without impatience.
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The world is his kingdom, and suffices him.
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The present is his eternity, and delights him.
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He has nothing to prove, since he has no appearances to keep up, and nothing to seek, since everything is before him.
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What is more simple than simplicity?
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What lighter?
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It is the virtue of wise men and the wisdom of saints.”
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