According to modern Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha teaches us four elements of what makes true love. According to Hanh, true love is something that makes you happy and the other person happy.
The four elements described follow several Dharma, which is the Sanskrit word meaning ‘to hold or keep; maintain.’ Many eastern religions contain Dharma within their philosophies and theologies, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. In Buddhism, Dharma is also a word closely associated with phenomena. Buddhism itself originated around 6th century BCE in India, where it spread around most of Asia over the next few centuries. Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama was an enlightened teacher and philosopher, who paved the way toward a middle road between the complete abstinence of indulgence to the enjoyable indulgence of the senses.
Thich Nhat Hanh is a profound modern Buddhist Zen Master, whose published works in Buddhist literature spans across four decades. Thich Nhat Hanh’s lesson on the four elements of true love, bring us to four distinct Dharma that we can incorporate into our own relationships.
1) Maitri: Thich translates this word as ‘loving kindness’, with the power to ‘offer happiness.’ He later goes on to teach us that, “when we are able to create a feeling of happiness or joy for ourselves, that is true love.” When you help another person feel this same kind of joy, that is what loving kindness or Maitri is all about.
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