Positive psychology tips from a Buddhist Monk about happiness despite difficult times

Positive psychology tips from a Buddhist Monk about happiness despite difficult times

Tibetan monk offers path to escape economic crisis

‘Mind training’ ê_Ô_ In SLC, he advises Americans to be less attached to wealth.

By Paul Beebe

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 01/03/2009 05:04:01 PM MST

One path to recovery from the worst financial crisis gripping the world since the Great Depression was offered by a Tibetan monk in saffron and crimson robes who spoke in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Khentrul Rinpoche, the abbot of a monastery in eastern Tibet, said the woes causing Americans to doubt themselves are rooted in attempts to make the world conform to their expectations.

America, Rinpoche said, is the “pinnacle country” in the world — rich, sophisticated, the model by which other nations measure their own progress.

Yet many Americans have not learned that impermanence is the underlying order of life, he said. Prosperity is a temporary arrangement that can vanish suddenly. Happiness is found internally and by working for others, not by chasing fame and material wealth for personal gain, the monk said.

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