The Pursuit of True Happiness by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
- "We have that chant, "May I be happy, may I be free from stress and pain." We chant that every night before the meditation to remind ourselves of why we're here: for true happiness. And it reminds us to look at all the things we do throughout the day that get in the way of that wish. It's one our most sincere wishes, and yet we're always doing things to block it, to get in its way. So try to keep this in mind. Keep checking, "What are you doing that's getting in the way of true happiness? What are the unnecessary things you feel you just can't do without, that are a built-in part of your personality?" They don't have to be. They may have deep roots, but they can be uprooted, these habits we have.
We're working on the skills right now that can uproot them until we reach the point where we're not causing ourselves or the people around us any unnecessary stress or pain. It may sound simple. It may even sound small-minded and smallhearted for a spiritual goal, but if you actually follow the process you see that it takes you beyond what you might have imagined.
How true is true happiness? Well, follow the process, be sensitive, be observant, be ingenious in the practice, and you'll find out."