The Best Way to Be Happy

The Best Way to Be Happy

Date of Advice:
December 2017
Date Posted:
December 2020

Rinpoche sent this card with advice about the good heart to two children whose parents were also students.

Rinpoche at Lawudo, 1978. Photo: Peter Iseli.

My most dear, most precious, most kind, wish-granting jewels,
I heard so much from your father about your good heart toward others, so I’m very happy of that. Your way of living life is the best way to be happy, for you and for all the sentient beings.

Last night I watched a program on TV on depression. One man had had depression for more than twenty-five years. He said the best solution for him was to cherish others instead of cherishing the I. When you think of others—one or two or three—the depression goes away. That’s a good discovery and very true. Many people, even Buddhists, wouldn’t know that. Only those who practice the good heart and bodhicitta know that.

Thank you very much. Your life will go to enlightenment. There will be no difficulties in the future, fewer problems and less difficulties, and all your wishes will succeed.

That’s all I want to say. That’s why I wanted to give you this Amitayus. Every day make offerings, even a sweet, water or incense, thinking of the guru. If you have met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, think that His Holiness is one with Amitayus; that it is His Holiness in the aspect of Amitayus.

So make offerings every day after you wash or in the evening. Then take it as a blessing—blessing the mind and receiving blessings. Each time you make offerings, you collect unbelievable merit, like the number of dust [particles] of the earth. You will achieve enlightenment fastest, then free all sentient beings from the oceans of suffering and bring them to buddhahood.

Thank you.

With much love and prayers ...

PS: As much as you practice the good heart to others—not harming them and benefiting them—the numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas are always with you and they will always help you, especially when you die.