Timeless Happiness: Article by Karmapa
Thaye Dorje, the 17th Karmapa writes about Timeless happiness in Huffington Post.
What Kind of Happiness Are You Seeking? His Holiness Karmapa answers the question and gives us elaboration on emotional and timeless happiness.
How much do we really know about happiness? From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings, including animals, seek happiness. We have a subconscious instinct to seek happiness – even though many of us don’t have a clear idea what it is, or how to achieve it.
From a Buddhist perspective, there are two types of happiness: Emotional Happiness and Timeless Happiness. Emotional Happiness could be described as seeking relief from the cold, or searching for sources of earning, position, or status. Although there is nothing wrong with this type of ‘worldly’ happiness, when we reflect on it, we might understand that all of these examples, by their very nature, are temporary. Emotional Happiness does not last. Therefore, Timeless Happiness becomes something very important to seek.