[From my Facebook post]
Student: Everybody talks about happiness. Teacher, what is happiness and how can we achieve/feel it?
Teacher: Happiness lies deep within us, in the very core of our being. Happiness does not exist in any external object, but only in us. Though we seem to derive happiness from external objects or experiences, the happiness that we thus enjoy in fact arises from within us.
Whatever turmoil our mind may be in, in the center of our being there
always exists a state of perfect peace and joy. Desire and fear agitate our mind, and obscure from its view the happiness that always exists within it. When a desire is satisfied, or the cause of a fear is removed, the surface agitation of our mind subsides, and in that temporary calm our mind enjoys a taste of its own innate happiness.
Happiness is thus a state of being – a state in which our mind’s habitual
agitation is calmed. The activity of our mind disturbs it from its calm state
of just being, and causes it to lose sight of its own innermost happiness.