Enlightenment... what is it? What is it that we seek? Are we that seek it misfits , mal-contents that don't know how to just be? I've never been content with living life as I typically see it  lived - running on a treadmill to nowhere, working for the biggest home or the nicest toys. I've always searched for for the "meat" of life and what it really means.

Buddha said "To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him." Is that what we need to learn - to control our minds?

I practice daily - I sit, I focus on life, and I look deeply at my thoughts and almost daily I get lost. Never ending, this search for the elusive. Again today I take the vows of the Bodhisattva:

However innumerable beings are, I vow to meet them with kindness and interest.
However inexhaustible the states of suffering are, I vow to touch them with patience and love.
However immeasurable the Dharmas are, I vow to explore them deeply.
However incomparable the mystery of interbeing, I vow to surrender to it freely.

Translation by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom...is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go." ~ Anthony Bourdain

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  1. The journey within and toward understanding our own mind should always be the first priority. If we seek to discover the Truth about ourselves, we will inevitably learn the Truth about all humanity. Those who struggle with regarding others with compassion are often at war with themselves.

  2. Thanks for these reflections. I have been searching to no avail for the source of Thich Nhat Hanh's translation of the Four Vows. Would you possibly have it at hand?