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Enlightenment Or Existential Crisis? – Modern Koans

By Andrew Furst @a_furst

Question:

How do Buddhist practitioners seeking detachment from desires prevent that from leading to an existential crisis?

Response:

An existential reckoning is required, equanimity is needed, and a disciplined mind is critical.

The teachings lead you to the nature of existence, which humans wrap in the clothing of purpose and self worth. Purpose and worth can be, and often are, casualties of emptiness. Our preconceptions about them can be, at best, a distraction, at worst, a source of deep suffering.

It’s difficult to give advice other than to steer clear of delusion. Mind is everything and our conditioning is a powerful trickster. A disciplined mind capable of touching reality is your most potent tool.

If you cannot see past the veil created by your conditioning and desires, you will find your existential crisis. If you can pierce it, you will find greater purpose and true self.

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The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. ― G.K. Chesterton

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