The source of these notes: the buddhist monk on TED.
Happiness and pleasure are two different things: one fleeing, the other constant. Rage, joy, anger, pleasure, these things come and go. Happiness is a long-term thing.
Pleasure is a critical part of happiness. Probably happiness without pleasure can not exist. But there is no equality between the two. Validation: people that destroy themselves using drugs. Validation: the mice that die by pressing the pleasure button.
Distinction: there is nothing wrong with pleasure, only that it should be the cherry on top of the cake. When this goes wrong somebody avoids pleasure at all costs. It’s like saying too much food is bad for you, thusyou will eat no food!
That you should have pleasure with a grain of salt: the higher you climb, the lower you’ll fall after. This is why you want to alternate hardship with pleasure. This a Saint-Exupery-an philosophy.