I'm new in the forums and i entered simply because i was curious. i understand that the even Buddhism has and end goal. what exactly is it and how does one know if he or she's there?
Thanissaro Bhikkhu wrote:The Buddha doesn’t give a lot of descriptions of the goal — although he does give a few hints — but he gives a lot of detail on how to find it. It’s like a treasure hunt. He says that if you go into the next room and you look in this particular way, you’re going to uncover something of value. And he gives you a couple of tests for determining whether the object you find is the valuable object or not: Is it subject to change? Is there any stress? Is there any sense of possession? If there is, it’s not what you’re looking for. But as to what precisely it is that you’re looking for, he gives only a few hints. So what we should focus on is the process of what we’re doing.
From: The Treasure Hunt by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
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