A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Happiness isn’t from anything or anyone else

Found a book at the Vancouver Public Library the other day, which has been hard to put down. I think I mentioned libraries before as a possible source of Buddhist literature, if not please forgive me. Libraries will quite often accept donations, some of which are placed in the collection; others may be sold at a book sale to raise funds for more purchases. But back to the aforementioned book, “Happiness Is an Inside Job” by Sylvia Boorstein, PH.D., which I found interesting enough to find hard to put down. Dr. Boorstein is a professional Psychotherapist who is a Buddhist, and uses this wisdom in her practice. She does a wonderful job of giving us practical methods of using the wisdom of Buddha in our daily lives. From how to calm someone else down during a stressful time, through the three emotional responses we have many times though out the day, joyful, sorrowful or bored. She uses an example of two different couples in an airport, and at the end of the tale, concludes there are only two possible actions, kissing and fighting, with her choice as to which is preferable. Throughout the book she gives good advice in today’s language, with examples of everyday situations, quite often followed by how this fits in with the Buddha’s teachings from the Dhammapada or other teachings. She reminds us anger is like a toxin to the mind, the more we remember how someone did something wrong to us, the more inflamed our mind becomes, creating more toxins. Better to forgive, forget and be calm, soon the mind has moved on, our stress levels have receded and we feel better about everything in general.

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