An introduction to the Mind & Life Institute, describing its founding and mission of building a scientific understanding of how to cultivate a mind of compassion and wisdom. Speakers include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Adam Engle, Richard J. Davison, and Helen J. Neville. Narrated by Richard Gere.
Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
We think that if we get what we want, we will be happy and secure. So we are always running after things. But sooner or later, things begins to lose their attraction and we begin to wonder at what point do we become secure and feel no more need to grab.
Fulfilling these needs only gives rise to more and more needs. Our deepest need is for the joy that comes with loving and being loved, with knowing we are of use to others. The more we give of ourselves to others, the more the Lord within wants to give us. Every day we empty ourselves by giving all we can in the way of kindness and loving help. Then every morning we will find ourselves full again – of love, of understanding, of forgiveness, of energy.