The Positive Psychology of Buddhism and Yoga: Paths to a Mature Happiness

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Maturity and Serenity

Tibet, a country that was entirely Buddhist, was invaded in 1949 by the Chinese. They then began the forcible conversion of this land into a Marxist state. The Dalai Lama, the country's spiritual leader, and many of the Buddhist monks escaped into exile.
Since then, the Dalai Lama has traveled tirelessly trying to persuade the United Nations and various governments to pressure the Chinese into leaving Tibet. In a television interview, a reporter asked the Dalai Lama; "Aren't you ever angry at the Chinese?" The Dalai Lama replied, "They stole my country. Why should I let them steal my mind?"

During another interview about Tibet the Dalai Lama said "The enemy can be very important. The enemy teaches you patience."

What do we mean by the term maturity, as in "He behaved in a mature way?" What do we mean by serenity? We associate these states with wisdom and peace of mind, and generally regard them as ideals to be attained. Yet no one teaches us how to attain them. What produces mature behavior and serenity? Are there particular experiences we need? Are there techniques that, if faithfully applied, will produce them? How

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