Peace is the highest happiness
Such a deep and beautiful talk by Ajahn Brahm :anjal: :anjal: :anjal:
I couldn’t resist sharing these gorgeous, inspiring teachings here :slightly_smiling_face:


Now, what ascetic or brahmin might I pay homage to today, paying homage to whom my mind might find peace?



There is that which is peace in the world and it is included under suffering, there is also peace in the cessation of the world{Loka Sutta: The World + Loka Sutta: The World (1)}, when the discernment faculty is made perfect, the extinguishment is discerned as it actually is and is known as the primary happiness; a freedom from suffering.

From Dhp;

  1. Natthi rāgasamo aggi, natthi dosasamo kali;
    Natthi khandhasamā [khandhādisā (sī. syā. pī. rūpasiddhiyā sameti)] dukkhā, natthi santiparaṃ sukhaṃ.

202. There is no fire like lust, no crime like hate. There is no ill like the body, no bliss higher than Peace (Nibbāna).

  1. Jighacchāparamā rogā, saṅkhāraparamā [saṅkārā paramā (bahūsu)] dukhā;Etaṃ ñatvā yathābhūtaṃ, nibbānaṃ paramaṃ sukhaṃ.

203. Hunger is the greatest disease. Aggregates are the greatest ill. Knowing this as it really is, (the wise realize) Nibbāna, bliss supreme.

It is also in other Sutta;

They turn their mind away from those things, and apply it to the deathless element: ‘This is peaceful; this is sublime—that is, the stilling of all activities, the letting go of all attachments, the ending of craving, cessation, extinguishment.’ SuttaCentral

Also here explained as highest pleasure;

Furthermore, take a mendicant who, going totally beyond the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, enters and remains in the cessation of perception and feeling. And, having seen with wisdom, their defilements come to an end.
Puna caparaṃ, āvuso, bhikkhu sabbaso nevasaññānāsaññāyatanaṃ samatikkamma saññāvedayitanirodhaṃ upasampajja viharati, paññāya cassa disvā āsavā parikkhīṇā honti.

To this extent the Buddha said that extinguishment is visible in this very life in a definitive sense.”
Ettāvatāpi kho, āvuso, sandiṭṭhikaṃ nibbānaṃ vuttaṃ bhagavatā nippariyāyenā”ti. SuttaCentral

There are those who would say that this is the highest pleasure and happiness that sentient beings experience. But I don’t grant them that. Why is that? Because there is another pleasure that is finer than that. And what is that pleasure? It’s when a mendicant, going totally beyond the dimension of neither perception nor non-perception, enters and remains in the cessation of perception and feeling. This is a pleasure that is finer than that.

It’s possible that wanderers who follow other paths might say, ‘The ascetic Gotama spoke of the cessation of perception and feeling, and he includes it in happiness. What’s up with that?’

When wanderers who follow other paths say this, you should say to them, ‘Reverends, when the Buddha describes what’s included in happiness, he’s not just referring to pleasant feeling. The Realized One describes pleasure as included in happiness wherever it’s found, and in whatever context.’” SuttaCentral

*quoted wrong sutta there at first

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