The Dalai Lama has said, “Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a better Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.” Walpola Rahula, a Buddhist monk who in 1959 published an influential book called What the Buddha Taught, put it this way: “Accoring to the teaching of the Buddha, the idea of self is an imaginary, false belief which has no corresponding reality, and it produces harmful thoughts of ‘me’ and ‘mine’, selfish desire, craving, attachment, hatred, ill-will, conceit, pride, egoism, and other defilements, impurities and problems. It is the source of all the troubles in the world from personal conflicts to wars between nations. In short, to this false view can be traced all the evil in the world.”
The source of all suffering is desire, attachments – the desire of separation from that which create us human in the first place. The supply side economy – government and big business are selling to the public, that happiness can be obtained with more and more purchase, is fundamentally fraud. Its notion building on “material craving” and “bottomless pit for more” to replace our spiritual need can never bring true fulfillment, on the contrary, they are the poison for our long term well-being.
William Davies, published his research on The Happiness Industry, a book with heady mixture of psychology, economics, sociology, and philosophy, reveals the misguided nature of the currently popular intellectual project to make people happier and improve society through “scientific” understanding and manipulation of human beings. He wrote; “The World Health Organization caused a stir in 2001 by predicting that mental health disorders would have become the world’s largest cause of disability and death by 2020. Already, some estimates suggest that over a third of European and American adults are suffering from some form of mental health problem, even if many are going undiagnosed. The economic costs this imposes are vast. Mental health disorders are estimated to cost 3-4 percent of GDP in Europe and North America.”
Buddhism teaches us that happiness can only be found in the depth of our inner inspection, security can only obtained from our inner fulfillment. In endless reincarnation, our suffering can only reduced by our enlightenment. Buddha can only show us the way, it is up to everyone to take their personal responsibility to liberate themselves from the matrix of this delusional world. In that line of thoughts, I would intend to take on more discussion of Buddhism philosophy in my future blogs. I am very short of funds and resources, but I will do my part as much I can. We urge you to support our cause by donation, so we can continue to bring you more research on the truth.