The Meaning Of Life Transcends Mere Pleasures

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The meaning of life
is to be lived
ever more deeply
until it is realised fully.

— Shilashanti

‘[A]s the saying goes, “we are not in this world for fun”… [A] Russian experimental psychologist who once proved that the average person experiences significantly more feelings of dissatisfaction than feelings of pleasure. Therefore, from the onset, it would not be possible to live only for pleasure… Pleasure in itself cannot give our existence meaning; thus the lack of pleasure cannot take away meaning from life...’

[Note: In the Buddha’s core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the First Noble Truth states that life is predominant with physical and mental suffering. Yet, despite this, we perhaps instinctively strive on with life, because deep down, we know we can aspire for and progress towards True Happiness. As this goal transcends worldly pain and pleasure, it is spiritually blissful in nature, as assured by the Buddha to be realisable with learning and practice of the Dharma. To work towards this personally is to actualise the meaning of life, and to guide others to it is to fulfil it fully.] 

Viktor E. Frankl
Yes to Life in Spite of Everything

Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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