We’re so blessed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and the world’s most revered spiritual leader, who only ever describes himself as “a simple monk”, has spoken at so many of our events, riveting and delighting audiences time and again with his humour, wisdom and compassion.
In all his conference appearances, the Dalai Lama has been joined by some of the greatest minds in science, education and psychology, among them the founder of Positive Psychology, Dr Martin Seligman, neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni and clinical pain scientist Lorimer Moseley, resulting in thoughtful discussion and debate tackling what at heart is our most important existential question: how to be happy?
As a Buddhist, the Dalai Lama has much to say on the topic; in a nutshell, that happiness is a mind state that can be achieved when we understand, through meditation and other contemplative practices, that we’re not all separate but, in fact, connected. This then brings about infinite compassion, the path to genuine – as opposed to hedonic – happiness. Also that Buddhism shares commonalities with modern scientific and philosophic thought, and that the arbiters of mainstream culture with its emphasis on materialism and individuality, and the unhappiness this ultimately creates, need to prioritise ethics more in order to benefit the entire society.
I said “in a nutshell”, didn’t I? The Dalai Lama obviously says considerably more than this and that’s why we’ve decided to package for you here some of his ideas and thoughts as shared with our conference delegates. And we’re doing so now because the Dalai Lama is the star keynote at our next event, Happiness & Its Causes 2015, to be held at Luna Park. Even if nothing beats seeing the Dalai Lama in person and basking in his presence, guaranteed you’ll still enjoy reading our latest eBook: His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Happiness.