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Different levels of happiness?

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It has been said that the search for happiness is the original motivation of all living beings. Buddhism is seen as the absolute answer to that quest. Is it safe to say that Buddhism has three levels of happiness or just two? The three would be the following:

 

1.)the happiness that comes through cultivation of jhanas.

 

2.) Happiness that comes from placing others before self.

 

3.) the happiness that comes from the contemplation of emptiness.

 

Any imput or clarification would be greatly appreciated! Thanks and have a good day! :lol:

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Tashi Delek.

 

It has been said that the search for happiness is the original motivation of all living beings.

 

"Whatever joy there is in this world

All comes from desiring others to be happy,

And whatever suffering there is in the world

All comes from desiring myself to be happy." Shantideva

 

Best regards,

Simona

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Tashi Delek,

 

I once had it explained this way: that there are generally two kinds of happiness - one is the happiness you enjoy sitting in a pleasant place in the sun, for example. This is the one which lasts only for a short time, as for example rain can come and your place then turns unpleasant. The second kind of happiness is the one you feel in meditation, feeling compassion towards all beings, which makes you feel like your heart is melting.

 

Best wishes. :)

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There are conventional happinesses - related to any type of contaminated happiness (contaminated by ignorance) - and an ultimate one, in relation with the Realisation of Emptiness, which ends suffering for ever.

 

Thank you.

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