When the Dalai Lama came to California a couple of years ago, I listened to his lecture via a webcast. He spoke about peace, compassion, and global leadership while chuckling frequently throughout the lecture. I thought it was funny (unusual) he would laugh during a talk on serious subjects, but his laughter contagiously made me laugh.
Another time, I had the privilege of attending an event with Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle both I admire as spiritual teachers. Knowing of Eckhart’s difficult past, I expected him to have a serious tone. He surprised and amused me by his elf-like laugh after each profound message.
Later I learned laughter is a sign of enlightenment – a blissful state where worries of the world are released, transcending you into a sense of joyfulness. Once free from the conventional world, you can see the world in a new way. Embrace it with sincerity and compassion. The jovial expression of the Laughing Buddha, known as Bu-dai playfully encourages us to enjoy laughter of optimism.