The World’s Happiest Man is a Monk

The world’s happiest man happens to be a French guy who quit his Ph.D. in favor of Tibetan Buddhism. I had to read the article after I read the title – after all, wouldn’t you want to know how one can measure something like happiness?

Happiness is as simple as keeping the front half of your brain all pepped up! The trick is meditation, and mind control.

I have tried meditation so many times – it is always the pain the legs that gets me. Keep in mind that when I was young, I used to have to sit cross legged at the temple, during the veda class, and at home, while eating etc. It used to hurt then, and it hurts now. I used to think that with practice, and over time, the pain and discomfort will disappear, but it hasn’t really. My legs are weird, I tell you. I have read that you can meditate in any comfortable posture, but my mind seems to reject the idea of sitting in a chair and meditating – it just doesn’t feel right. So for me, it is a little bit of both, body- and mind-control. I tried meditating today, to get my mind back on track. I quit after 10 minutes of discomfort. Then there is the thing about doing it right – I have this stuck-up notion that I need someone to teach me and do it with me, and help me through the process. Doing it all alone somehow doesn’t seem right.

I know, these are all excuses, and what I really need to do is just sit down, and do nothing.

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5 Responses to The World’s Happiest Man is a Monk

  1. Siddharth says:

    I suspect you found the title interesting because of a different reason. Anyway, I found a video of a talk by him. I haven’t watched it myself to know if it is interesting.

  2. Rashmi says:


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  3. Ajith says:

    Read that link..seems like the story of protagonist in ‘Monk who sold Ferrrari’ :)

  4. Carthik says:

    Rashmi, seeing as I am half way around the world, I doubt I can make it to the BarCamp :)

    Siddharth, if you are the Siddharth I have in mind, then do let me know why you think I found the title interesting :)

  5. Wes says:

    My friend meditates everyday and has gone on many meditations retreats. My challenge/problem/excuse is I sit down on the floor for 2 minutes and my back starts to pain, so know how u feel.