Monday, December 19, 2011


In Buddhism, "aimlessness" is taught as a way to help the practitioner stop pursuing the future and return wholly to the present. 
To be able to stop pursuing the future allows us to realize that all the wonderful things we seek are present in us, in the present moment. 
Life is not a particular place or a destination.  
Life is a path.
To practice walking meditation is to go without needing to arrive. 
Every step can bring us peace, joy, and liberation.
That is why we walk in the spirit of aimlessness.
There is no way to liberation, peace, and joy; peace and joy are themselves the way.
Our appointment with the Buddha, with liberation, and with happiness is here and now. 
We should not miss this appointment.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Our Appointment with Life
Photo:  Peter Bowers