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#8031 - 02 May 06 17:18 Happiness
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Test Your Happiness

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/4785402.stm

Below are five statements that you may agree or disagree with. Using the 1-7 scale below indicate your agreement with each item by placing the appropriate number on the line preceding that item. Please be open and honest in your responding.

1. Strongly disagree
2. Disagree
3. Slightly disagree
4. Neither agree nor disagree
5. Slightly agree
6. Agree
7. Strongly agree

In most ways my life is close to ideal.

The conditions of my life are excellent.

I am satisfied with my life.

So far I have gotten the important things I want in life.

If I could live my life over, I would change almost nothing.

• 35 - 31 Highly satisfied
People who score in this range love their lives and feel that things are going very well. Your life is not perfect, but you feel it is about as good as life gets. Furthermore, just because you are satisfied does not mean you are complacent. In fact, growth and challenge might be part of the reason you are satisfied. For most people in this high-scoring range, life is enjoyable, and the major domains of life are going well - work or school, family, friends, leisure, and personal development.

• 26 - 30 Satisfied
People who score in this range like their lives and feel that things are going well. Of course your life is not perfect, but you feel that things are mostly good. Furthermore, just because you are satisfied does not mean you are complacent. In fact, growth and challenge might be part of the reason you are satisfied. For most people in this high-scoring range, life is enjoyable, and the major domains of life are going well - work or school, family, friends, leisure, and personal development. You can draw motivation from those areas of your life that you are dissatisfied with.

• 20 - 25 Slightly satisfied
You have an average score. The average of life satisfaction in economically developed nations is in this range – the majority of people are generally satisfied, but have some areas where they very much would like some improvement. Some people score in this range because they are mostly satisfied with most areas of their lives but see the need for some improvement in each area. Other people score in this range because they are satisfied with most domains of their lives, but have one or two areas where they would like to see large improvements. Generally people who score in this range have areas of their lives that need improvement, but would usually like to move to a higher level by making some life changes.

• 15 - 19 Slightly below average in life satisfaction
People who score in this range usually have small but significant problems in several areas of their lives, or have many areas that are doing fine but one area that represents a substantial problem for them. If you have moved temporarily into this level of life satisfaction from a higher level because of some recent event, things will usually improve over time and satisfaction will generally move back up. On the other hand, if you are continually slightly dissatisfied with many areas of life, some changes might be in order. Sometimes we are simply expecting too much, and sometimes life changes are needed. Thus, although temporary dissatisfaction is common and normal, a continual level of dissatisfaction across a number of areas of life calls for reflection. Some people can gain motivation from a small level of dissatisfaction, but often dissatisfaction across a number of life domains is a distraction, and unpleasant as well.

• 10 - 14 Dissatisfied
People who score in this range are substantially dissatisfied with their lives. People in this range may have a number of areas that are not going well, or one or two areas that are going very badly. If life dissatisfaction is a response to a recent event such as bereavement, divorce, or a significant problem at work, you will probably return over time to his or her former level of higher satisfaction. However, if low levels of life satisfaction have been persisting for some time then some changes might be in order – both in attitudes and patterns of thinking, and probably in life activities as well. Low levels of life satisfaction in this range, if they persist, can indicate that things are going badly and life alterations are needed. Furthermore, a person with low life satisfaction in this range is sometimes not functioning well because their unhappiness serves as a distraction. Talking to a friend, a member of the clergy, a counsellor, or another specialist can often help to get moving in the right direction, although positive change will be up to you.
However, dissatisfaction at this level is often due to dissatisfaction in multiple areas of life. Whatever the reason for the low level of life satisfaction, it may be that the help of others are needed - a friend or family member, counselling with a member of the clergy, or help from a psychologist or other counsellor. If the dissatisfaction persists, you need to change, and often others can help. Talk to your GP or contact a mental health organization.";

• 5 - 9 Extremely dissatisfied
People who score in this range are usually extremely unhappy with their current life. In some cases this is in reaction to some recent bad event such as the death of a loved one or unemployment. The dissatisfaction can be a response to a continuing problem, such as alcoholism or addiction. In other cases the extreme dissatisfaction is a reaction due to something bad in life such as recently having lost a loved one.
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#8032 - 02 May 06 17:25 Re: Happiness
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I'm a go happy lucky girl! laugh

Just found a discussion of my own question in http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/4783836.stm. Still couldn't find satisfactory explanations. If happy people are those who've learnt once how shitty life was, then the source of happiness is simply a realization. Need to contemplate more... laugh
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#8033 - 02 May 06 17:31 Re: Happiness
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Q. what is the buddha nature?

A. mu.
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#8034 - 02 May 06 17:32 Re: Happiness
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what's the point? we're all gonna die anyway. why don't we just end it all now, get it over and done with?
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#8035 - 02 May 06 17:52 Re: Happiness
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Quote:
Originally posted by KuKuKaChu:
Q. what is the buddha nature?

A. mu.
mu? Manchester United? Buddha plays soccer? laugh
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#8036 - 02 May 06 17:54 Re: Happiness
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Quote:
Originally posted by hanabi:
Quote:
Originally posted by KuKuKaChu:
Q. what is the buddha nature?

A. mu.
mu? Manchester United? Buddha plays soccer? laugh
mu.
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#8037 - 02 May 06 17:56 Re: Happiness
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Quote:
Originally posted by KuKuKaChu:
what's the point? we're all gonna die anyway. why don't we just end it all now, get it over and done with?
Die? Don't you know that you're going to be reincarnated as garlic? I'll be the chef to chop the garlic!
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#8038 - 02 May 06 18:03 Re: Happiness
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Essay: What is meant by the 'Buddha nature'?
Gary Dean, May 1999

Mu. (1)


<font size=1>Footnotes

(1) Robert Ornstein (1975), The Psychology of Consciousness, Honathan Cape, pp 111; Hirakawa Akira (1990), 'Introduction' in A History of Indian Buddhism, Asian Studies at University of Hawaii Press; SJ Dumoulin (1963), A History of Zen Buddhism, Beacon Press; Ven. Piyasilo (1987), Life of the Buddha: An Historical and Traditional Survey into the Meaning of Buddhahood, Friends of Buddhism Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

Buddha-nature is the potential to realise Buddhahood (Akira: 4). It is the nature innate within all sentient beings, such as humans and animals, and within all non-sentient objects, such as rocks and trees. According to the Zen tradition, the Buddha said that all things have Buddha-nature and therefore all have the innate potential to become Buddha. As Dogen has said "All being is the Buddha-nature. A part of all being we call 'sentient beings'. Within and without these sentient beings there is the sole being of the Buddha-nature." (Dumoulin: 169)

There is a "Buddha-nature" potential within every person, and so every person has the capability to attain Buddhahood, and an understanding of this as a truth means to be already with the Buddha. A Buddha is pure enlightenment, thus to realize the Buddha-nature the individual consciousness is to realize this enlightenment. Buddha-nature permeates all time and space, and the Buddha-nature of all the Buddhas in history is exactly the same. (Piyasilo: 27)

In the view of Dogen, the path to enlighenment requires a practice, as without it the Buddha-nature does not become manifest. (Dumoulin: 167) Practice and enlightenment are one and the same, since enlightenment is contained within the practice. The "unity of practice and enlightenment is rooted in the one Buddha-nature." (Dumoulin: 168) Dogen thus taught his students to sit in meditation to realise the Buddha-nature inate within them. (Dumoulin: 157)

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#8039 - 02 May 06 18:23 Re: Happiness
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A monk once asked master Chao-chou, "Does a dog have Buddha-nature or not?"

Chao-chou said, "Mu"


We should clarify the meaning of this question.

"A dog" is a dog. The question does not ask whether the Buddha-nature can or cannot exist in the dog; it asks whether even an iron man learns the truth. To happen upon such a poison hand may be a matter for deep regret, and at the same time the scene recalls the meeting, after thirty years, with half a sacred person.

Chao chou says, "It is without.” (MU)

When we hear this expression, there are concrete paths by which to learn it: the "being without” with which the Buddha-nature describes itself may be expressed like this; the "not having " which describes the dog itself may be expressed like this; and "there is nothing," as exclaimed by an onlooker, may be expressed like this. There may come a day when this "being without" becomes merely the grinding away of a stone.

The monk says, "All living beings totally have the Buddha-nature. Why is the dog without?" The intention here is as follows: "If all living beings did not exist, then the Buddha-nature would not exist and the dog would not exist. How about this point? Why should the dog's Buddha-nature depend on 'non-existence’.?"

Chao chou says, "Because it has Karmic consciousness.”

The intention of this expression is that even though the reason it exists is Karmic consciousness and to have Karmic consciousness is the reason it exists, the dog is without anything, and the Buddha-nature is without anything. Karmic consciousness never understands intellectually what the dog is, so how could the dog meet the Buddha-nature? Whether we cast away duality or take up both sides, the state is just the constant working of Karmic consciousness.

A monk asks Chao chou, "Does the Buddha –nature exist even in a dog or not?"

This question may be the fact that this monk is able to stand up to Chao chou. Thus, assertions and questions about the Buddha-nature are the everyday tea and meals of Buddhist patriarchs.

Chao chou says, "It exists."

The situation of this "It exists" is beyond the "existence" of scholastic commentary teachers and the like, and beyond the dogmatic "existence" of the Existence School. We should move ahead and learn the Buddha's Existence. The Buddha's Existence is Chao chou's "It exists." Chao chou's "it exists" is "the dog exists," and "the dog exists" is "the Buddha-nature exists."

The monk says, "It exists already—then why does it forcibly enter this concrete bag of skin?"

This monk's expression of the truth poses the question of whether it is present existence, whether it is past existence, or whether it is Existence already; and although Existence already resembles the other "existences" Existence already clearly stands alone. Does Existence already need to force its way in? Or does Existence already not need to force its way in? The action of forcibly entering this concrete bag of skin does not accommodate idle heedless consideration.

Chao chou says “Because it knowingly commits a deliberate violation”

Mu.
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#8040 - 02 May 06 18:27 Re: Happiness
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I felt that I'm not so lucky girl..but I'm happy enaough with.. smile
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#8041 - 02 May 06 18:29 Re: Happiness
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Chao-chou's Dog

A monk asked Chao-chou, "Has the dog Buddha nature or not?" Chao-chou said, "Mu."


Wu-Men's Comment

For the practice of Zen it is imperative that you pass through the barrier set up by the Ancestral Teachers. For subtle realization it is of the utmost importance that you cut off the mind road. If you do not pass the barrier of the ancestors, if you do not cut off the mind road, then you are a ghost clinging to bushes and grasses.

What is the barrier of the ancestral Teachers? It is just this one word "Mu" -- the one barrier of our faith. We call it the Gateless Barrier of the Zen tradition. When you pass through this barrier, you will not only interview Chao-chou intimately, you will walk hand in hand with all the Ancestral Teachers in the successive generations of our lineage -- the hair of your eyebrows entangled with theirs, seeing with the same eyes, hearing with the same ears. Won't that be fulfilling? Is there anyone who would not want to pass this barrier?

So, then, make your whole body a mass of doubt, and with your three hundred and sixty bones and joints and your eighty-four thousand hair follicles concentrate on this one word "Mu." Day and night, keep digging into it. Don't consider it to be nothingness. Don't think in terms of "has" and "has not." It is like swallowing a red-hot iron ball. You try to vomit it out, but you can't.

Gradually you purify yourself, eliminating mistaken knowledge and attitudes you have held from the past. Inside and outside become one. You're like a mute person who has had a dream--you know it for yourself alone.

Suddenly Mu breaks open. The heavens are astonished, the earth is shaken. It is as though you have snatched the great sword of General Kuan. When you meet the Buddha, you kill the Buddha. When you meet Bodhidharma, you kill Bodhidharma. At the very cliff edge of birth-and-death, you find the Great Freedom. In the Six Worlds and the Four Modes of Birth, you enjoy a samadhi of frolic and play.

How, then, should you work with it? Exhaust all you life energy on this one word "Mu." If you do not falter, then it's done! A single spark lights your Dharma candle.

Wu-Men's Verse

Dog, buddha nature--
the full presentation of the whole;
with a a bit of "has" or "has not"
body is lost, life is lost.


mu.
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#8042 - 02 May 06 18:34 Re: Happiness
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MU = Me & U smile
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#8043 - 02 May 06 18:39 Re: Happiness
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Quote:
Originally posted by rubyenda:
MU = Me & U smile
amitaba sancai sancai ... wink
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#8044 - 03 May 06 04:47 Re: Happiness
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It's a sad state of affairs, if you need to take an online quiz to tell you if you are happy are not.
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#8045 - 03 May 06 05:54 Re: Happiness
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Hey..life is too short to enjoy! smile always appreciate the smallest thing we got every day!

WD is a happy nasty gurl! and horny bastard! :p
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#8046 - 03 May 06 07:06 Re: Happiness
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Polar Bears accept their lot in life....

Happiness is a cold iceberg.

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#8047 - 03 May 06 07:20 Re: Happiness
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Happiness is within ur heart
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#8048 - 03 May 06 07:26 Re: Happiness
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errrrrrr

NO

Happiness is deep inside Ruby smile

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#8049 - 03 May 06 07:36 Re: Happiness
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Now, right now
If the fire inside you
Feels like I feel now
Right now
Deep inside of me
Deep inside of me

I'm tired of make believin'
I'm lost and barely breathing
I'm on the ceiling, help me down, yeah, yeah
So stop my heart from aching
I'll be the risk you're taking
And I won't rest until you're mine, oh

(Def Leppard)
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#8050 - 03 May 06 07:38 Re: Happiness
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WHAT!!!!!!

(Deaf Bastard)

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#8051 - 03 May 06 07:41 Re: Happiness
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Hey, he's just stuck in the ceiling and need help to get down :p
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#8052 - 03 May 06 10:45 Re: Happiness
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It's a sad state of affairs, if you need to take an online quiz to tell you if you are happy are not.
Hi Magpie! Sorry to know that you were too sad to take a quiz. Actually that quiz was made for a research purpose, whether happiness is measurable. It will change the development paradigm and imply the changes in public policies. Well, I have a big doubt about it. For example, the policy maker will encourage and promote marriage just because married people tend to be happier. To me, marriage is not the answer to unhappiness. I would be happier if I had the options and were free to choose whether to marry or not.
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#8053 - 03 May 06 10:58 Re: Happiness
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I think you missunderstood me. What I meant was I pity anyone that does not know whether they are happy or not. It worries me that possibly some people dont know, fill in this type of thing, and then believe the answers somebody else has written for them. IF you are one of those people, starting working out who the hell you are, because nobody else can tell you!
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#8054 - 03 May 06 11:12 Re: Happiness
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Hey..life is too short to enjoy! smile always appreciate the smallest thing we got every day!

WD is a happy nasty gurl! and horny bastard! :p
WD girl! I'm sure you are. Happy for you... laugh I take the issue serious just because I'm thinking of doing a research in it. Imagine that there won't be wars and hatred. No more poverty and famine if people know how to share. But it's not easy to convince, even to the people close to me, to stop bitching around and just enjoy life.
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#8055 - 03 May 06 11:31 Re: Happiness
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Magpie, did I push a wrong button?
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