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Wisdom Is the Key to a Happy Life: A Teaching for the Reading Transmission of the Mañjuśrī-nāma-saṃgīti Tantra
Teacher: His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin),
Venue: Spain,
Year: 2014

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin) bestowed this teaching on May 30, 2014, at Nagarjuna Center, Valencia, Spain.

Happiness is important to all of us. It is easy to see that newborn babies, animals, and even insects do what they do in search of happiness and relief from suffering. Happiness is also the aim of material and technological progress and of all the world religions. In this teaching, His Holiness acknowledges the usefulness of different spiritual traditions that suit different temperaments, emphasizing the fundamental relevance of wisdom regardless of the path that one follows.  

Next, he describes the different levels of spiritual paths. There are paths that seek happiness within saṃsāra, paths that seek happiness through nirvāṇa, and paths that seek the ultimate happiness of all sentient beings. His Holiness discusses the pāramitā path to this ultimate goal of buddhahood and then describes the distinctive features of the Vajrayāna. 

In the conclusion, His Holiness addresses Dharma centers in general. He encourages them to put compassion into action by helping the poor, promoting animal welfare, and protecting the environment. 

Source: This teaching was obtained from Nagarjuna Valencia Youtube.

We all want to be happy, and our definition for happiness and the way we pursue happiness vary. However, the happiness that most people are aggressively pursuing is temporary. 

From the Buddhist perspective, only wisdom can one gain real happiness, which is ultimate and permanent. 

How do we acquire wisdom? As we have heard, Mañjuśrī is the embodiment of wisdom. This teaching was from the reading transmission of the Mañjuśrī-nāma-saṃgīti Tantra. His Holiness explains how wisdom could be acquired in a clear and orderly manner, guiding us to explore the adventure of wisdom.