TED Talk: Happiness

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Lee Wright 11:03 PM
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The Habit of Happiness
TED Talk
Maybe Tibetan monk.
in awe of Tibet
Shaolin monks used to be good in kung fu

Jörgen Olsson 11:08 PM
Consciousness is like a mirror that allows all images to rise on it.

Lee Wright 11:08 PM
The only useful paragraph in his 20-minute talk was this:
It’s more to say that mind training matters. That this is not just a luxury. This is not a supplementary vitamin for the soul. This is something that’s going to determine the quality of every instant of our lives. We are ready to spend 15 years achieving education. We love to do jogging, fitness. We do all kinds of things to remain beautiful. Yet, we spend surprisingly little time taking care of what matters most — the way our mind functions — which, again, is the ultimate thing that determines the quality of our experience.
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Lee Wright 11:12 PM
Saying: Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Don’t obsess on a single problem.
cognitive processes

Gerard Arbat 11:14 PM
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Lee Wright 11:15 PM
Meditation is thinking about nothing.
Yoga is really a type of meditation.
session (SEH shun)

Vasanth Prabakar 11:15 PM
Meditation is like Universe. Yoga is like Galaxy.

Lee Wright 11:18 PM
inner calm

Vasanth Prabakar 11:18 PM
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Lee Wright 11:19 PM
“Levitating” wise man
A magician’s trick

Vasanth Prabakar 11:19 PM
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Lee Wright 11:20 PM
Nothing in a video can be trusted.
He really didn’t tell us how. Only where?
Happiness is in the left half of your brain.
Train it to be happy.

Vasanth Prabakar 11:23 PM
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Lee Wright 11:24 PM
Meditation is personal.
and internal
Remove mental clutter
Don’t let your thoughts get down at the grass level
Group meditation
On a family level

Vasanth Prabakar 11:27 PM
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Lee Wright 11:27 PM
Our families don’t even speak to each other in some families.
I’m saving my strength for later.
Buddhism
seeks enlightenment
What is enlightenment?
Four cornerstones
Suffering
Meditation to overcome suffering

Vasanth Prabakar 11:32 PM
howmuch percentage does Buddhism have in your country?

Lee Wright 11:32 PM
Happiness is…the absence of sadness.

Vasanth Prabakar 11:32 PM
What is the impact?

Lee Wright 11:32 PM
Greed
ambition
control
Children don’t like to share
Dogs too.
We tell our children to share.
They know the expectation of society
to relax the body

Vasanth Prabakar 11:34 PM
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Lee Wright 11:35 PM
Meditation is removing distractiions
rather than concentrating
Sensory-deprivation
No sights, no sounds, no feelings
In church, many rules
Asian temples usually require respect
Take off shoes

Vasanth Prabakar 11:37 PM
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Lee Wright 11:40 PM
In the USA, Buddhism is minimal. Almost nonexistent.
Just Asian immigrants
My wife is Buddhist.
If I had to pick a religion, I would probably pick Buddhism.
There are different “schools” of Buddhism.
My wife believes in “Cao Dai”. It has God and Jesus too.
Weird.
Reincation
reincarnation
to be born again into another life
we are born over and over again
hoping to rise to a Buddhist level

Gerard Arbat 11:43 PM
hedonism

Lee Wright 11:43 PM
Hedonism
pleasure
Eat, drink, and be merry!

Vasanth Prabakar 11:44 PM
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Lee Wright 11:44 PM
Booze and women!
Greek Orthodox
mass
afterwards, you can ask
“Sunday school”
is Bible study sessions

Gerard Arbat 11:46 PM
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Lee Wright 11:46 PM
Did Lenin accept religion?

Vasanth Prabakar 11:46 PM
Yes. we have sunday school and VBS (Vacation Bible School)

Lee Wright 11:47 PM
From WW II, religion was more accepted
for personal comfort
Technically forbidden
so adopted out of stubbornness
format c:
reverse psychology
in USA churches are everywhere
not many mosques in the USA
More churches does NOT equal less crime or hate
priest (preest)
minerals\
irons
ore
pagoda (puh GO duh)

Gerard Arbat 11:52 PM
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Vasanth Prabakar 11:52 PM
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Lee Wright 11:53 PM
We believe in SEPARATION of church and state (religion and government).
Yet, as Gerard said, God Bless America, Trust in God, Do you swear on a Bible, etc. We have contradictions

Gerard Arbat 11:54 PM
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Lee Wright 11:55 PM
Doestovsky?
God came to me in my sleep and he said, “Nuke Russia!”
Church of England
was government-forced religion

Vasanth Prabakar 11:56 PM
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Lee Wright 11:57 PM
Islamic terrorists
is an example

Gerard Arbat 11:57 PM
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Lee Wright 11:57 PM
Only China
We have an amendment that guarantees Freedom of Religion
Even Satanists are okay.
Devil-worshipers are legal.
WItnesses of Jehovah\
Against medical help for children
Christians are going to Heaven.

Vasanth Prabakar 11:59 PM
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Lee Wright 11:59 PM
All Buddhists are doomed because they don’t know Jesus.
Asceticism
Religions are not as tolerant today.

Vasanth Prabakar 12:01 AM
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Lee Wright 12:01 AM
It’s move divisive today.

Gerard Arbat 12:01 AM
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Lee Wright 12:01 AM
more…
worse ancestors
worship ancestors*
Hindus

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