Hi Al, When we are in sync with the universal life force and wisdom, we are one with the One. We become the One.
We would be able to flow in the Big River without hinder naturally course. Determination, desire, ambition are human framework, which is but a tiny framework of the universal framework. Chan is to be with the whole and NOT be just partial. In order to reach that stage, we begin by empty the mind and let go of the ego and most importantly cultivate our Chi. Without the Chi, there is no life force. Without life force, or just sit, meditation becomes just a mental balancing act, we called it Withered Chan. Meditate and don't think. JMJM Al <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: From: "donald hwong" <> Contentment is not satisfaction and not joy. Contentment is a state of want-nothing. >>if we could put our best foot forward to let go our > reaction to the effects of all existing forms, not be affected by it, > just accept as is, we end our suffering.>> If we want nothing, then why will we want to put our best foot forward? I think if Buddhism had become the predominant religion of the world, we would all be living in huts and caves right now. That might not be a bad thing, but to some degree buddhism is demotivating and defuses desire, ambition, determination, perseverence, and many other qualities that are essential for success in society. Is Buddhism for people who are vegetables, or is it just a tool to reduce stress? --------------------------------- Check out the hottest 2008 models today at Yahoo! Autos.