Yesterday, when Joan Sensei spoke about the definition of happiness being satisfied with what one has, I knew I had heard this previously in another context. So, this morning, when I remembered that it was a Jewish teaching as well, I researched it and here are the results.
In Chapter 4 of “Pirkei Avot,” (Chapters of the Fathers), is the following:
4:1 Ben Zoma said, “Who is rich? One who is happy with what one has.”
Not grasping, not wanting more and more.
And the clincher is that according to tradition, one would have read Chapter 4, these very words, this past Saturday, the day before Joan’s Dharma talk.
Coincidence or Universal Energy at work?!