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    Happiness

    Hello all, I was reading through this sutta and I decided to share it with you. It is about happiness and the qualities of the foremost happiness. I think it leads to reflection...

    65(2)
    "Bhikkhus, there are these, two kinds of happiness. What two?
    Sensual happiness and the happiness of renunciation. These are
    the two kinds of happiness. Of these two kinds of happiness,
    the happiness of renunciation is foremost."

    68 (5)
    "Bhikkhus, there are these two kinds of happiness. What two?
    Worldly happiness and spiritual happiness. These are the two
    kinds of happiness. Of these two kinds of happiness, spiritual
    happiness is foremost."

    70(7)
    "Bhikkhus, there are these two kinds of happiness. What two ?
    Bodily happiness and mental happiness.. These are the two
    kinds of happiness. Of these two kinds of happiness, mental
    happiness is foremost"

    71(8)
    "Bhikkhus, there are these two kinds of happiness. What two?
    The happiness accompanied by rapture and the happiness
    without rapture. These are the two kinds of happiness. Of
    these two kinds of happiness, the happiness without rapture
    is foremost."

    Happiness p. 170-172
    Any thoughts?

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    Thank you Esho for this. It is a nice but profound sutta. The third one; body/mind happiness, I think this expresses the other verses.
    And I just clicked on the link and introduction to the "Numerical Discourses of the Buddha" is a book in itself! So thanks also for the link!
    Lorcán.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaedheal View Post
    Thank you Esho for this. It is a nice but profound sutta. The third one; body/mind happiness, I think this expresses the other verses.
    Yes, mind happiness is what Buddhism is about. If we are to cease mental suffering that means that there is mental happiness once mental suffering has vanished. The point here is that there are conditions that have to be fulfilled in order to have mental happiness and those are depicted in the entire sutta which is given at the link.

    And I just clicked on the link and introduction to the "Numerical Discourses of the Buddha" is a book in itself! So thanks also for the link!
    Lorcán.
    You are welcome... indeed it is a huge book!

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