There’s a reason for the motto of The Dharmasar Solution: “May all sentient beings be happy.” This saying is the heart of the Karanīya Mettā Sutta. We are also dedicated to this purpose.
Of course, the happiness we are referring to is not ordinary sensual happiness, although it begins from there. We are talking about bhavantu sukhitattā, becoming happy in one’s soul or heart. This true happiness is the goal and the means of the Noble Path.
A monk acts out of compassion and loving-kindness, both for himself and others. One cannot give what one does not have; there fore a monk’s first duty is to achieve satisfaction and happiness for himself. Dropping all other duties and entanglements, he should go deep into contemplation and meditation until he discovers for himself the secrets of life and enlightenment.
Then his duty becomes to offer the same attainment to others. He must help others become satisfied with their lives and approach the supreme realization for themselves. This is a much different task, requiring a complete set of skills separate from attaining enlightenment for oneself. It also happens to be extraordinarily difficult.
The road is made smooth, however, by the satisfaction one feels when seeing others benefit from the same teachings and practices that have made one’s own life worthwhile. Loving-kindness thus becomes both the means and goal of the Noble Path.
If a monk’s life seems dry and painful, it is only because he has not yet discovered this secret. It is not knowledge, it is a purpose and a dedication of the heart to all that is right and good. And the highest good is sharing the secrets of happiness with all.