Browsing All posts tagged under »happiness«

Bob Thurman on compassion

August 29, 2011

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In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward the compassion of our Buddha nature – and the first person who becomes happy when compassion emerges in your heart is yourself. Bob Thurman is the first American to be ordained a […]

Towards total transformation

August 29, 2011

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A talk Vimala Thakar at Stiles Hall, University of California, October 22, 1968 As one wanders through various part of the world, one finds that the whole human life is in a state of turmoil. Politically, socially, economically, and even culturally, human life seems to be going through a very grave crisis. Long cherished ideas, theories, […]

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index on TED talk

August 25, 2011

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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index …, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? […]

The global paradox

August 21, 2011

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The strange paradox of our times is that, although we do everything we possibly can for the purpose of being secure, comfortable and happy, it seems that we tend to reach the exact opposite of what we are looking for. The figure on the right is an exponential curve – a curve representing a mode […]

The Consumption paradigm

August 21, 2011

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For the last four centuries, the world has been dominated by the belief that everything that exists is material and that consciousness and inner states of being, things like happiness, love, well being and self esteem, are the result of physical/bio chemical processes taking place inside the body/brain complex. Consciousness is defined as a by-product of […]

Our aspiration for a better world

August 21, 2011

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We all hold somewhere in our mind an image of what we would like to be or could be if we were empowered to be who we really are and do what we truly aspire to. Then because we live in the world, this vision of an ‘ideal’ or truer self is accompanied by a […]

Measuring Real Progress by Ron Colman

August 20, 2011

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Measuring Real Progress by Ron Colman All of us— politicians, economists, journalists,  and the general public—have been completely hooked on the illusion that equates economic growth with well-being and prosperity. This was not the intention of those who created the GDP. Simon Kuznets, its principal architect, warned 40 years ago: The welfare of a nation […]