Called To Happiness

Date

Mar 17, 2018

Sermon Series

Could it be that the world is giving us a myriad of activities and items that it claims will make us happy, yet there is a different way to be truly happy? Could it be that this is the exact reason that Jesus starts His most famous sermon with the Beatitudes? Maybe Jesus is trying to give His people the secret to happiness, which truly is a secret to the rest of the world.

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Dear Downers Church Family:

Is there such a thing as “Buddhist economics”?  According to Psychology Todaycontributor Clair Brown, Ph.D., Buddhist economics is real and effective.  Brown states the obvious traditional “economics,” especially of the West, is where people try maximizing incomes and lifestyles in the search for happiness.

“According to this approach, buying and consuming—shopping for new shoes or playing a new video game—will make you happy,” Dr. Brown says. But she continues stating that, “Soon you are tired of the shoes, become disappointed with the game, and are off shopping again. In this endless cycle of desire, we are continuously left wanting more without ever finding lasting satisfaction."

This is where Buddhist economics shines in contrast to a “traditional” economics foundation: Hedonism. Life and human nature is centered on generosity and altruism. The center of Buddha’s teaching was that we do not inherently desire objects for happiness, but we have mental “illusions” that things will bring happiness. According to Buddha, we end the suffering of life by changing our state of mind, which will lead to a meaningful life, i.e. happiness.

Even though I do not believe in the cores of Buddhism, for example “salvation” via the ascetic life and enlightenment, I do wonder if the Buddhist economics is on to something true. Could it be that the world is giving us a myriad of activities and items that it claims will make us happy, yet there is a different way to be truly happy? Could it be that this is the exact reason that Jesus starts His most famous sermon with the Beatitudes? Maybe Jesus is trying to give His people the secret to happiness, which truly is a secret to the rest of the world.

Pastor Kent

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