This Too Shall Pass.

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!”

~ Abraham Lincoln

On the Path

This is the first of what will become periodic musings as I journey along the Buddhist path.

I’ve been studying Buddhism for over 20 years and practicing vipassana meditation for 15 years with the Buddhist Insight Meditation Centre of Victoria. We are a small but dedicated group associated with Aukana  in England.

For me, Buddhism provides a clear, logical,  and precise means of overcoming suffering both for myself and for others. In  Buddhism suffering covers a wide range of experiences from minor irritations like a head cold to the anguish of losing a loved one. But Buddhism is ultimately about happiness and being fully awake from moment to moment.