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A Blog about Psychology (Jungian), Spirituality and Happiness, By Roberto Lima Netto.

Dalai Lama on Happiness

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Dalai Lama – The purpose of our lives is to be happy

Do you want happiness?

We all would like to live a happy life. How?

Buddhism suggest that the source of unhappiness is desire. If you desire nothing, you will be happy. The question continues alive. Can we erase desire from our mind? Including the desire to be happy? I can’t. At least to me, a simple mortal, this is impossible.

Carl Jung, the great Swiss psychologist, does not say that the objective of life is the search for happiness. He claims that human beings live to increase their level of consciousness. This, he called individuation. Jung preaches that advances in our journey of individuation can be achieved with attention to our dreams and with Active Imagination.

I believe that, following the orientation of our dreams and of other signs that life sends us, we can advance in our journey of individuation and find happiness.

Other Dalai Lama wisdom posts :

1. Dalai Lama

2. Dalai Lama on Happiness

3. Dalai Lama on Enemies

I am Roberto Lima Netto. I write Jungian books – The Jungian BibleThe Little Prince for Grownups– and psychological thrillers – The Amazon Shaman, – In Search of Happiness

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Dalai Lama sobre a Felicidade

Todos gostaríamos de viver uma vida feliz. Como?

Budismo sugerem que a fonte da infelicidade é o desejo. Se você nada deseja, vai ser feliz. Mas a questão continua viva. Como apagar o desejo de nossa mente? Inclusive o desejo de ser feliz? Eu não consigo. Pelo menos para mim, um simples mortal, isso é impossível.

Carl Jung, o grande psicólogo suíço, não disse que o objetivo da vida é a busca da felicidade. Ele afirma que os seres humanos vivem para aumentar o seu nível de consciência. Isso, ele chamou de individuação. Jung prega que os avanços em nossa jornada de individuação podem ser conseguidos com atenção aos nossos sonhos e praticando imaginação ativa.

Eu acredito que seguindo a orientação de nossos sonhos e de outros sinais que a vida nos envia podemos avançar em nossa jornada de individuação e encontrar a felicidade.

I was involved in the business world, as an executive of large companies and university professor since recently. I was the president CSN, the largest steel-mill of Latin America and was responsible for its turn-around. My first encounter with the teachings of the Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th Century, was during my midlife crisis. Reading "Man and his Symbols" at that time, inspired me to go into Jungian analysis and to begin devouring the writings of Jung and his disciples. Since then, I've been studying psychology, especially Jungian psychology and, after reaching my seventies, I decided to become a full time writer, specializing on books on Jungian psychology and psychological thrillers. Every masterpiece of literature can be absorbed through multiple interpretations, and yield powerful insights for our daily lives. My first Jungian book, “The Little Prince for Grown-ups“, in its fourth edition in Brazil, was based on the famous book of Saint-Exupéry. The second, - “The Jungian Bible” - interprets some stories of the Old Testament and world myths. As I get older and, with a bit of luck, wiser, I want to pass on to the younger generations the lessons life has taught me. Jesus Christ taught that it was easier to sell ideas with stories. Following the Master, I published in English "The Amazon Shaman" and "In Search of Happiness", two psychological thrillers around the theme of happiness.

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