SAT CHIT ANAND
- RETREAT WITH LEELA REVIEW -
RETREAT WITH LEELA
The Path to Happiness
and Freedom from Suffering
Thank you to all participants,
who made this retreat such a special experience.
There were Dharma talks, guided meditations,
songs for the practice of mindfulness,
exercises nurturing our positive potential,
discussions and sharings.
"Countless beings are eager to know
what are the greatest blessings which
bring about a peaceful and happy life.
Please Tathagata will you teach us?
This is the Buddha's answer ..."
[Discourse on Happiness]
Discourse on Happiness
composed by retreatants
Inner peace and balance
Peace and harmony within oneself
Freedom from afflictions
Freedom from attachment and aversion
Freedom from fear and anxiety
Contentment and acceptance of ‘what is’
To accept yourself as you are
To stand in your own truth
To love and to be loved
Laughter and loving friends
Caring for and helping others
To see people free from suffering
To give and to share
Beauty in nature
Good health and healthy lifestyle
Living a balanced life
Living a meaningful life
Having new experiences
Clarity of life’s purpose and following it
Growth in job and creative expression
Being aware of your potential
Being aware of beauty in the world
Simplicity and childlike innocence
Knowledge and understanding
Wisdom realizing emptiness
We learnt the Path to Happiness, and we learnt to be happy in the here and now, as we walk that Path ...
"If you want to know where God, the Buddhas, and all the holy beings live, I can tell you. Here is their address: in the here and now. It has everything you need, including the zip code. If you can breathe in and out and live in the spirit of ‘I have arrived, I am home, in the here and in the now’, then you will notice that you are becoming more solid and more free immediately. You have established yourself in the present moment, at your true address. Nothing can push you to run anymore, or make you so afraid. You are free from worrying about the past and you are free from your worries about the future. Only a free person can be a happy person. The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom that you have in your heart." [Thich Nhat Hanh]