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The reward in the struggle to find purpose

“Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole heart and soul to it.” ~ Buddha

Growing up, I used to envy those people who seemed to be shot out of the womb with a purpose, like they always knew what they wanted to do. But these days I think there’s a great reward in the struggle to find that purpose.

(I seriously doubt that the Buddha actually said that, but hey, it sounds impressive, whoever said it.)

“The path I have followed has been dangerous”

“The path I have followed has been dangerous, destabilizing more than calm, excruciating more than pleasant, and hard to integrate (into ‘normal’ everyday life). It has also been profound, amazing, and glorious. Surfing the ragged edges of reality has been easier than slowing the thing down.”

~ A quote from the book, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha, by Daniel Ingram.

Meditation as a sport

I may not be a Buddhist -- I have a real problem with the word “suffering” at the very least -- I enjoy reading texts to learn how to meditate better. Last year I read this stuff on “treating meditation as a sport or game”, and it made a difference in my practice. It comes from a book named, Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha. (If you don’t want to buy the book, the author has made the PDF freely available.)