Is Vajrayana Making You Happier?

Neuroscientists refer to "direct" mode when we pay attention to our senses, as opposed to "narrative" mode when we're caught up in our inner narrative or thoughts. Unsurprisingly, there is a powerful and positive correlation between being in direct mode and being happy.

We all know about the narrative mode. In Buddhist practice, the direct mode is cultivated by learning to pay attention to the buddha nature.

It seems that practicing Vajrayana is not much associated with conventional happiness and well-being.

Even though we study karmic causality and its relationship to conventional happiness and well-being, the whole notion of conventional states recedes and is replaced with notions of gaining ultimate happiness—enlightenment's wisdom-bliss—which is, well, far off?

This worries me because we humans thrive in all ways in dependence on the connection between the brain and happiness. Which is why I'm pointing out that conventional happiness is a must-have for long term Dharma practice.

How about it?

Is your Vajrayana making you happier? Is your Vajrayana developing your lighter side?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Remember hundred of people come here and your comment could help someone. Thank you.

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Lama Yeshe Dechen Wangmo (Vajrayana World Editor) is a lineage lama of the Dudjom Dakini Heart Essence (mkha 'gro thug thig). Based on thirty-nine years of vajrayana study and practice and her knowledge of literary Tibetan, she offers inspiration, teaching and guidance. In 2002, she established Jnanasukha Foundation as a venue for the teachings of Yeshe Tsogyal and the female buddhas. Since then, the Foundation has generated several initiatives such as support for the birthplace of Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet, pilgrimages to Tibet, scholarships, grants and humanitarian aid.