Happiness that depends mainly on physical pleasure is unstable; one day it’s there, the next day it may not be.

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One day it's there, the next it may not be.

“Now sometimes people confuse happiness with pleasure. For example, not long ago I was speaking to an Indian audience at Rajpur. I mentioned that the purpose of life was happiness, so one member of the audience said that Rajneesh teaches that our happiest moment comes during sexual activity, so through sex one can become the happiest,” the Dalai Lama laughed heartily. “He wanted to know what I thought of that idea. I answered that from my point of view, the highest happiness is when one reaches the stage of Liberation, at which there is no more suffering. That’s genuine happiness. True happiness relates more to the mind and heart. Happiness that depends mainly on physical pleasure is unstable; one day it’s there, the next day it may not be.”

The Right to Happiness; Happiness Versus Pleasure
from The Art of Happiness
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD

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