Archive for July 2018

Pleasure and Happiness: The Great Mix-up (part 2)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 17, 2018

Kangyur Rinpoche. Photo by Matthieu Ricard For the ancient Greeks, the word eudaimonia conveyed the notion of accomplishment, of flourishing, of deep long-term fulfillment. While pleasure corresponds to hedonism, happiness corresponds to eudaimonia. Similarly, in Buddhism, the word soukha refers to an exceptionally healthy state of mi...

Pleasure and Happiness: The Great Mix-up (part 1)

By Matthieu Ricard on July 03, 2018

One of the most common errors we make is to confuse pleasure for happiness. According to a Hindu proverb: “Pleasure is only the shadow of happiness”. Pleasure is the direct result of hedonistic, pleasurable sensual, esthetic, or intellectual stimuli. This fleeting experience of pleasure is dependent upon circumstances, on a specific locati...