Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
I don’t think this quote means to say that we can actively create happiness in our lifetime the way it is often promised to us in our culture today. The Dalai Lama is not a man who seems to me to find happiness from success and achievement. Rather, it is an action to choose to be happy, content with one’s life, yet always seeking to improve it.
It is understanding that life is a journey with a destination unknown. There is not a person that we become and suddenly achieve happiness. Unlike a video game, there are not stages with a big, bad boss to beat before moving on to the next stage until all stages are complete. To be happy is to constantly strive to be in harmony with the natural world, which is to be in harmony with God’s creation- of which we are a part.
This is the action I think he means. It is choosing to shed our selves in favor of harmony and consonance with God and his creation. It is not something ready made, like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Happiness is something we must choose to have in our life constantly by working to perfect ourselves, but knowing that we never will and accepting that fact.
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