Master and Student

On the Subject of Contentment

A Master and disciple are sitting under the shade of a tree near a prarie grassland.
What is the ultimate goal in life? 
Being Content. 
How do I become content? 
Follow your heart. 
But my heart leaps with great ambition! 
Then fulfill them. You were not born to waste away your life thinking you could 
have done this or that, but never tried. 
But what if I fail? 
What about it?
Well, I would feel kind of disappointed and depressed. 
The same feeling (or worse) when you grow old dissapointed with what you could 
have done. It is better knowing you tried, then having not even tried, and wishing 
you had. 
But I was taught in Buddhism to never have any desires (or goals for that matter) 
Anything taken to the extreme is detrimental to your health. Buddhism stresses 
moderation of desire to relieve suffering. An outright full detachment from desire 
makes you out to be a vegetable. Ambition and desire are necessities in life. 
There is nothing wrong with having them. There is something wrong with having 
no desire, as there is something wrong with having too much desire. It is best 
not to be exposed to Buddhism when young, as it will psychologically damage 
your will and motivation to accomplish objectives and experience 
all that the world offers. 

Upon hearing this, the young disciple removes his Buddhist robe, changes into 
modern clothes and enters the real world again. He meets a wife, has kids, 
accomplishes great deeds, and experienced all that the world offered him, 
without a cloud of fear hanging over his head, fearful of doing this, 
fearful of doing that. 

After 20 years, the disciple visits his Master again... 

I am content. 
Good. Now you are ready

Source: Buddhism Depot Magazine MidnightFlyer's Homepage MidnightFlyer's Zen Home Unfinished Business US President's Web Ring Home Page Presidential Trivia Howie's Great Democratic Quote Page Howie's Stupid GOP Quote Page GOP Funny Paper Mail James Howington

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