November 21, 2010

Pursuing happiness: Video with the Dalai Lama

In the video below, American Public Media's Krista Tippett interviews four dynamic religious leaders on the meaning of happiness: Dalai Lama and scholars from world's three biggest religions, Jonathan Sacks (chief rabbi of the Commonwealth), Katharine Jefferts Schori (presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church), and Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr. This event was held at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on October 17, 2010.

Pursuing Happiness with the Dalai Lama from onBeing on Vimeo.

The subject is pursuing happiness, the most important and persistent endeavor of our society since the beginning of the human dawn. Even though the meaning of being happy has changed over the years, given we have increasingly become more aware over time, my key takeaway is that compassion is the single most important virtue of a happy life.

A lot of other great material on the subject can be found on the APM's onBeing show site here.

Below is a simple, commonsensical flow chart one can use to see how he/she can be happy: