This life has purpose, it is not pointless. Some people like to
say that life has no purpose because they do not know how to give
it purpose. If we known how to use this life as an instrument for
ﬁnding out about the world, about the causes of the world’s aris-
ing, about the complete cessation of the world, and about the way
of practice leading to the complete cessation of the world, then this
life does have purpose. Life, then, is a means of studying, practising,
and obtaining the fruits of practice. It is a means of coming to know
the best thing that human beings can and ought to know, namely,
nibbāna. So remember, this life does have purpose, although for
the fool who doesn’t know how to use it, it has no purpose at all.
But even though our mind imagines the world and everything in it to be other than the way it actually is, the reality of existence remains eternally untouched by our misperception of it. This is both relatively good and bad. It is good in that existence is eternally what it is. We need not worry about reality becoming something other than reality. But it is bad in the sense that the world we imagine to exist is always colliding with the world as it actually is. This collision is the cause of immense human suffering and conflict.
And when all the struggle ceases, we realize that the prison of our mind cannot hold us in anymore, because the prison was all along something we imagined into existence. And imagined things aren’t real, they don’t exist. But we could never really see this as long as we were fighting the phantoms of our minds. We needed the one thing that our imaginary minds could not bring about, could not fake or create: the genuine surrender of all struggle.
Goofaholix wrote:rowyourboat wrote:The purpose of life is to find happiness. The only lasting happiness is nibbana.
That's a bit redundant isn't it, if weren't alive we wouldn't need happiness. It's a bit like saying the purpose of having a car is to find the gas station.
alan wrote:Hi Goof. Are you sure you know the meaning of the word redundant?
Your statement is illogical.
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