The second category of those who also realise the incapability of money to bring happiness is the very rich people, capitalists, in both the East and West who originally believed that money was capable of bringing happiness. They invested a lot of effort and employed various means to attain wealth but upon getting it realised that it really was not capable of bringing happiness.
Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 2 - Part 33" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
That money is incapable of bringing us happiness is a fact that over the course of human history only three people or groups of people have truly known.
The first of these three was Shakyamuni Buddha himself. He realised this experientially but nobody believed him. Some people dismissed him as simply pronouncing superstitions. Other people perhaps were not as ungenerous but they didn’t really believe that money, or the acquisition of material things, was incapable of bringing happiness. This realisation, however, was not one that the Buddha arrived at through theoretical study or any other such means. It was a realisation that he personally awakened to.
Depicted from "Guide to the Four Preliminary Practices 2 - Part 32" April, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
Once, a master pointed to a piece of bread and asked his disciple where the beginning and the end of the bread was. The disciple thought for a while and suddenly realized this: the nature of mind has no beginning or end, comes from nowhere, and goes nowhere. But how come I didn’t have any sudden realization after looking at these breads for a long time? Ah, I know, it is due to serious karmic obstacles.
In this modern age, we are enjoying greater material well-being than ever before.But at the same time, we are also facing many problems: our trust in people and the index on happiness continue to decline; divorce, suicide, and crime rates keep rising; depression is even more prevalent. How do we resolve these problems? Buddhist philosophy can be very helpful at this time.In the seventeenth century, Europe ......