Category: Beautiful Sleepwalkers

If the world isn’t real, why should I stay?

Reader Q&A. If you've got a ticket to Nirvana, why should you stick around 'till the curtain closes? A reader observes that people are unreal, that suffering is inherent in life, and all he wants to do is get to that state we call Nirvana. How do we approach this duality of Real/Unreal and Existence/Nirvana? Let's look.

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Getting to the root of a spiritual crisis

Spirituality can fuq you up. Spiritual pursuit, meditation and practices can illuminate a few corridors, while leaving you blind to everything else. Sometimes spirituality is the worst thing that can happen to you. How can you tell if you're having a spiritual problem, or a problem with spirituality?

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Will enlightenment make you happy?

Enlightenment does not happen to improve life. To an unenlightened person who is inclined toward happiness, life can be glorious. To people who tend toward negative emotions or feelings of low esteem or loneliness or persistent feelings of lack, for those people enlightenment might "improve" their negative state. Enlightenment is not required to live a happy life, filled with awe.

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