The secret to the happiness in Bhutan and its Gross National Happiness:
"Happiness = understanding oneself. Buddhism is a holistic education system. Human being is the center of the Universe. The hell and heaven are in us. We do not have to die in order to experience the outcome of our actions that we do every now and then."
— Venerable Lungtaen Gyatso
We are what we pray. Our prayer forms our character. When our prayer is unselfish, we become unselfish and compassionate beings who care for others, nature, flora, and fauna.
The prayers are so potent. No wonder Bhutan is so peaceful and full of happiness. To all my Bhutanese friends, you are all the world's guardian of Good! Kaadinchey!
• The Four Immeasurables:
- May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
- May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.
- May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.
- May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.
• One of the Four Immeasurable Qualities is ‘Equanimity‘. In the Tibetan language, it is ‘Tang Nyom‘. Tang Nyom is the practice and aspiration to perceive all beings in the same way rather than with the bias of the labels ‘friend’ or ‘enemy’. Seeing them otherwise is due to a lack of understanding of the true nature of reality. Therefore, it is important to train the mind to perceive all beings with a benevolent attitude and cultivate the authentic quality of Equanimity, or Tang Nyom, towards all beings.
"I, me, mine" selfish personal salvation vs. unselfish universal salvation. Our prayer forms our character.
"Whatever actions I do—eating, walking, sitting, sleeping, working, and so forth—and whatever I experience in life—up or down, happiness or pain, healthy or sick, harmony or discord, success or failure, wealth or poverty, praise or criticism—whether I am living or dying, or even born in a horrible rebirth; whether I live long or not—may my life be beneficial for all sentient beings. The main purpose of my life is not simply to be rich, respected, famous, healthy, and happy. The meaning of my life is to benefit all sentient beings. Therefore, from now on, may whatever actions I do be beneficial for all beings. May whatever I experience in life—happiness or suffering—be dedicated to actualizing the path to awakening. May whatever I do, say, or think benefit all sentient beings and help them to attain full awakening quickly."
— Dedication for a Meaningful Life by Zopa Rinpoche
May all beings everywhere,
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy
By virtue of my merits.
May no living creature suffer,
Commit evil or ever fall ill.
May no one be afraid or belittled,
With a mind weighed down by depression.
May the blind see forms
And the deaf hear sounds.
May those whose bodies are worn with toil
Be restored on finding repose.
May the naked find clothing,
The hungry find food.
May the thirsty find water
And delicious drinks.
May the poor find wealth,
Those weak with sorrow find joy.
May the forlorn find hope,
Constant happiness and prosperity.
May there be timely rains
And bountiful harvests.
May all medicines be effective
And wholesome prayers bear fruit.
May all who are sick and ill
Quickly be freed from their ailments.
Whatever diseases there are in the world,
May they never occur again.
May the frightened cease to be afraid
And those bound be freed.
May the powerless find power
And may people think of benefiting each other.
For as long as space remains,
For as long as sentient beings remain,
Until then, may I too remain,
To dispel the misery of the world.
— Dedication from “Engaging in the Deeds of Bodhisattvas” by the great Indian sage Shantideva