Happiness cannot be found through great effort and willpower, but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.

Don’t strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises
in the body-mind
Has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with,
And become attached to it,
Passing Judgement upon it and ourselves?

Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling back like waves
without changing or manipulating anything
and notice how everything
vanishes and reappears, magically,
Again and again, time without end.

Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It’s like a vivid rainbow which you pursue
without ever catching,
or a dog chasing it’s own tail.

Although peace and happiness
do not exist as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant.

Don’t believe in the reality
of good and bad experiences;
they are today’s ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax
this tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there –
open, inviting and comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness, this
freedom and natural ease.
Don’t search any further
looking for the great awakened elephant,
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth.

Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
And nothing missing.

Emaho! Marvelous!
Everything happens by itself.

~by Venerable Lama Gendun Rinpoche



  1. For the short-tempered peace is a journey
    For the ones in despair, peace is refuge
    For the judged and unloved, peace is a companion
    For the lost, peace is a destination.

    What are your thoughts?

    • First of all thank you for sharing this wonderful piece. There is a reason why you specifically chose to share those words. Can you tell me why?

      • The only reason I mentioned those words is just to provoke your thinking, that’s all. You talked about peace being something that is always present and not really a destination or tangible object. Of course that is true. I wanted you to see peace from a different perspective, essentially, how it is embraced in the eyes of those who do not have it.

      • I talked about happiness being something that is always present. Are you suggesting that peace is happiness then? I may be wrong but I feel like they are two different emotions, but I suppose peace would be a result of happiness or vice versa. Anyways, thank you for the perspective.

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