VBT Book Club Goes to the Movies

Sunday, April 30, 2017

“happy”

“The ultimate movie about human beings at their best!”

-Lindsay Doran, Producer

If you were asked, “What is the most important thing that you want out of life?”, what would your answer be? If you are like many people who were asked this question in making this film, you would respond, “to be happy”. The desire for happiness seems to be hard wired into human beings.

Even though happiness is so highly sought after, it seems to elude us. The main reason a sustaining happiness can’t be found is because we look for it outside of ourselves. We think that acquiring material possessions will bring us happiness only to find out when we get, for example, the coveted car, house, job plus more material things, we are still dissatisfied. The point is made that we are unhappy because we seek gratification from external resources rather than within ourselves. To find true happiness, we need to change our perspective to internal resources. To people who practice Buddhism, it should come as no surprise that the cultivation of compassion, kindness, and mindfulness can lead to genuine happiness.

In this film, we will hear how friendship and caring for each other leads elderly people in Okinawa to be happier and live longer. Finding happiness by sharing and caring for others is highlighted by inspiring examples. There is no better time than the present to focus on concern and caring for others.  The Dalia Lama has said, “If you want to be happy, make others happy.”

The Book Club movie will be shown Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11:45 a.m. following the morning service. We will meet downstairs in the social hall. Snacks will be provided. Please join us. We guarantee you will leave feeling “happy”!