Ven. Pomnyun's Answer to " Can I Be Happy While Being Aware? ”
Selection from a Dharma Q&A session at Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Service Center in Washington D.C. (September 18, 2019)

Questioner (Q): Hello Sunim. Nice to see you again. I’ve always been a curious person ever since I was a little boy. For example, when there was an ant’s nest, I would watch to see where the ants are going, where they’re getting their food and the trails they make.
Now in English speaking cultures, there’s a saying ignorance is bliss. Actually I’ve found curiosity to be one of the more positive factors in my life. It doesn’t seem like ignorance is bliss, is one of the approaches of the Jungto Society. For example, I’ve seen you give talks with a podium like this where it says Happiness school in Korean, and then later on we see a video about some three minute clip or so about some starving children in North Korea or a bird dying full of plastic. So is it possible for me to become happy without losing the awareness of those things that are happening in the world?OK. (Laughs) It’s something that I hope is true, but I don’t know if I can have blind faith that it is true.

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