A life of meaning and purpose
If this vision of a meaningful life makes sense to us, we, too, can enter this path. This path is not reserved for religious monastics; It is open to all of us. Even as laypeople with many responsibilities, we can be actively involved in life and still follow this path.
As bodhisattvas-in-training, we engage in the process of gradually transforming our mind. Freed of the afflictive emotions that arise from our misunderstandings and distorted perceptions, the natural goodness and purity of our mind begins to emerge. This is the mind of our innate wisdom and compassion—generous and joyful and fully equipped with the necessary skills to benefit others.
John Blackburn, Ph.D., has practiced meditation for over forty-five years, practicing intensively with teachers in the Vipassana, Zen, and Dzogchen traditions. He leads a local meditation group, the Knoxville Community of Mindfulness. He also serves as member of the board of directors for Southern Dharma Retreat Center in Spring Creek, NC.