The Art of Happiness.

“I mean on your birthday people usually say, “Happy birthday” when actually the day of your birth was the birth of your suffering. But nobody says, “Happy birth of suffering day!” said Dalai Lama.

Dalai Lama is a leader of Tibet who is in exile at Dharamsala India. He is well-known religious figure in the present century and regarded him as an ultimate refuge for Tibetan people. After Chinese government annexed his mother land in 1959, Dalai Lama has devoted all his energy in reclaiming the Tibetan soil from Chinese people. Through his timeless effort on behalf of world peace and human rights, he was honored with Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

If we can’t do well to others at least we should not harm them says Dalai Lama in his book titled “The art of Happiness” co authored by Dr. Howard C. Cutler. The ultimate purpose of our life is to seek happiness in spite of any religion we practice. Yet to achieve our common happiness we must respect each other as a human being. We are all same. We may differ in cultural background or way of life, or the type of color we are born with and the faith we believe in, but we are all human beings made up of same blood and bones and fleshes.

Dalai Lama also talks about how to subjugate and subsidize our sufferings. Suffering may be part of human life but we have multiple methods to suppress our sufferings. Never overact the new situations, let it come and go. Accept suffering as part of human life. Considering too much on minor things will also add pain to oneself. Shakespeare said” Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”. Your pain is your own creation and the way you react with the everyday situation.

In later part of the book, Dalia Lama beautifully describes on how we can overcome our angers and get rid of jealousy, pride, hatred and selfishness. If you can’t act superior to your internal obstacles, there is no way to dissolve your external obstacles. Don’t let your internal emotions to boil up as it has supreme power to destroy your self-contentment and happiness. No matter how much materialistic wealth you have accumulated in your life, if you can’t condemn your internal enemies, you can never reap the fruit of happiness.     


  1. The Dalai Lama is a wise man. I have not read this book, but should.

  2. Oh, The Dalai Lama. I follow him on Instagram. Such an honorable, adorable, admirable man. Good for you for honoring him on this post.

  3. It's a nice review of Dalai Lama's book in brief :))