Normally people look to external sources for happiness, such as objects like the perfect house, a shiny new piece of technology, the excitement of a new job or relationship, finding that particular piece of music or book, a perfect sunny day or rainbows in the sky, then I am happy. But even with those things I can be a miserable sod. Actually, happiness is something within, something that can only be found inside.
Liberation Not Marriage
Another common goal for people is marriage or a long term relationship, as though it will make them instantly happy. In modern society the image of a happy couple is a common image of happiness, whether it’s portrayed in movies or implied as being the only way to happiness by well-meaning friends or family. Actually, a marriage or long term relationship can bring it’s own set of problems that must be dealt with. Lama Zopa Rinpoche said that you marriage certainly won’t give you Liberation.
Liberation in The Palm of Your Own Hand
Lama Zopa Rinpoche commented on where real happiness, where Liberation and Enlightenment actually are. These are only achievable by each of us, they can’t be found in external sources, or given to you as a gift. You are the master of your own destiny and Lama Zopa Rinpoche said that Liberation is right there in the palm of your hand.