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Monthly Dharma Teaching # 22 from Palpung Publications

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Warm Heart Open Mind (3)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Now I would like to mention some of my basic views or thoughts. Wherever I go I always try to promote, and try to make a contribution regarding the promotion of human values. Because, I believe, in order to be a happy human being, in order to be a happy family I think one very important factor are the good human qualities such as a sense of caring, a sense of responsibility and a sense of community. These I feel are a foundation of a happy life.

Then money, material facilities, these are also a factor for a happy life, but I feel these are secondary. Because if someone who has all the material facilities yet mentally I think too many negative emotions constantly occurring, then that person will not be a happy person. On the other hand if the person is really warm-hearted and mentally at peace then even if their living standard is difficult still that person can be a very happy person. On the one hand mental peace can subdue physical difficulties but mental unhappiness cannot be subdued by material comfort. So therefore the mental quality or the peace of mind I feel is the most important factor for a happy life.

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