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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Stillness and Contentedness

Interesting dharma talk:

Contentment is often considered the fulfillment of desire. I don’t know if any of your desires have ever been satisfied, but when mine have, they are pretty quickly replaced by new desires. I heard about a study done with people who had won the lottery and instantly became multi-millionaires, and it concluded that the happiness they felt when they heard that they had won lasted about five minutes. I don’t know if this is true, but I think the habit of wanting, of reaching away from ourselves, is so strong for most of us, that it just overtakes us.


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