Rinpoche on the Art of Happiness

by bryan maynard

Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower,

But is already there in relaxation and letting go.


Don’t strain yourself.

There is nothing to do…

Let the game happen on its own, springing up and falling back….without changing anything

And all will vanish and reappear, without end…


Waiting to grasp the ungraspable, you exhaust yourself in vain

As soon as you relax this grasping, space is there, open inviting and comfortable.


So make use of it. All is yours already. Don’t search any further.

Don’t go into the inextricable jungle, looking for the elephant who is already quietly at home.


Nothing to do

Nothing to force

Nothing to want

And everything happens by itself.


Gendun Rinpoche