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Recent Articles

Happiness from a Buddhist Perspective

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama


Happiness is an essential goal of all people. Because happiness is so fundamentally part of our being, the question of how to attain it is of great importance. Buddhism has a long and well-developed philosophical and practical tradition with the goal of helping humans to attain happiness and end suffering. In this article, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama draws on the wisdom of the Buddhist tradition to explain how one can achieve happiness by transforming the mind. In particular, His Holiness explains how, in the Buddhist tradition, there is a special instruction called Mind Training, which focuses on cultivating concern for others and turning adversity to advantage that can be of great benefit to people seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness.

The Pursuit of Happiness in the Christian Tradition: Goal and Journey

Katharine Jefferts Schori

Presiding Bishop, The Episcopal Church


This article explores resources within the Christian theological tradition that recognize happiness in earthly life while also preparing Christians for ultimate happiness through union with God. Two resources explored in the article are the appreciation of happiness in Jesus's ministry and its engagement with Greek philosophy. After exploring these resources, the article turns to Aelred of Rievaulx, the great medieval theologian, to investigate how moral virtue, transcendent happiness, and earthly pleasure are harmonious parts of a holistic Christian vision of happiness. Finally, after examining Aelred's contribution, the article considers how this integrated view of happiness can help us to think through the problems of happiness in our lives today.

Happiness--and Unhappiness--as Legally Significant Categories in Jewish Law

Michael J. Broyde

Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law


This essay seeks to place happiness and sadness as values in their proper place in the Jewish legal tradition—as secondary concerns that are properly invoked and considered in cases where Jewish law is indefinite and unclear. This article provides a number of illustrative examples where such is done, and it then seeks to place happiness and its related values in their proper place in Jewish law as compared to other second-tier principles.

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Quotes from this issue

"The current preoccupation with happiness testifies to a genuine questioning of whether we may have taken a wrong turn in the unbridled pursuit of economic gain."

–Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

"Happiness does have something essential to do with the direct experience of God's presence; it also has something to do with the experience of God's blessing in the form of this-worldly 'goods'."

–Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Episcopal Church