Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

By Matthieu Ricard

A molecular biologist grew to become Buddhist monk, defined by way of scientists as "the happiest guy alive," demonstrates the best way to strengthen the internal stipulations for real happiness.

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CHAPTER THREE 41 Don't ever raise your hand! " asked Wukong. " "Old Monkey is not going to their places," said Wukong. ' I'm merely requesting that you find something casual here and give it to me. " "There's no need for the high immortal to go anywhere," said the Dragon King. "I have in my palace an iron drum and a golden bell. " The turtle general went at once to strike the bell, while the tortoise marshal came to beat the drum. Soon after the drum and the bell had sounded, the Dragon Kings of the Three Oceans got the message and arrived promptly, all congregating in the outer courtyard.

I have frequently heard that when one is learned in the Way and excels in virtue, he will enjoy the same age as Heaven; fire and water cannot harm 4. m. m. CHAPTER TWO 25 him and every kind of disease will vanish. " "What you have learned," said the Patriarch, "is no ordinary magic: you have stolen the creative powers of Heaven and Earth and invaded the dark mysteries of the sun and moon. Your success in mixing the elixir is something that the gods and the demons cannot countenance. Though your appearance will be preserved and your age lengthened, after five hundred years Heaven will send down the calamity of thunder to strike you.

Since you have solved the riddle in the pot," said the Patriarch, "it is an indication that you are destined to learn, and I am glad to teach you. Come closer and listen carefully. " Wukong kowtowed to express his gratitude, washed his ears, and listened most attentively, kneeling before the bed. The Patriarch said: {{This bold} secret saying that}s wondrous and true: Spare} nurse nature and life-there}s nothing else. All power resides in the semen} breath} and spirit; Store these securely lest there be a leak.

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