The Purpose of Life

@derek_a (10898)
March 27, 2007 7:29am CST
What do you feel the purpose of your life is? Is it more than just finding a partner, building a home and wealth, keeping healthy etc? And what is the purpose of suffering? Everybody I know has suffered from time to time.
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@wolfie34 (26792)
• United Kingdom
2 May 07
The purpose of life is realizing your potential, realizing your talents, your good points and exploiting them, learning by mistakes and moving on. They say experience comes at the wrong end of life, how true! I think if we were given a 'rehearsal' first then we would live fulfilling lives the second time round. I think we make our own suffering and some people seem to attract suffering like bees to honey. If we didn't suffer or we experienced good things in life all the time how would we appreciate them? Not everyone wants to follow the set norm in life.
@derek_a (10898)
3 May 07
Thanks or sharing. I like the points what you say here with "experience comes at the wrong end of life" and yet, a rehearsal would be great! I think I may be one of those who don't want to follow the set norm.. :-)
@Augustta (1860)
• Poland
1 May 07
To enjoy everything that the world provides for us to see. We might not know the purpose for our existence, but all the things in the universe that have something to do, provide entertainment and happiness for us. the sun gives us sunsets, the moon gives us moonlight over a lake in the summer, the trees allow you to hear the wind. why not just enjoy it while your here,its all good to me.I think if we do have a purpose, well find out eventually, and if we dont, then we dont, ive just gone around in circles, so i figure ill just enjoy my life instead of trying to analyze everything.
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@derek_a (10898)
2 May 07
Thank you for sharing. You seem to think in a similar way to me on this. I see the purpose of my life is to realise that there is no purpose. Life is just to live and experience whatever there is to experience, joyful or sad. To learn a lesson that our analytical mind cannoot possible understand. :)
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• India
5 Apr 07
i think this is a very meaningful topic to discuss...in simple words i will say that the purpose of life is to be happy...and everything we do,from job to marriage to kids to money is actually in pursuit of lasting happiness...as far as suffering is concerned,i think we suffer when we get a bit too much dependent on others or do things that are against our nature....sometimes we keep on desiring for other things and dont appreciate the gifts that we have got..this,for me is a breeding ground for sufferings...
@derek_a (10898)
5 Apr 07
Yes, I agree about suffering. When the Buddha sat in meditation he discovered that the root of suffering was desire. I see this as once one goal is reached, there is always another and what comes with that is the fear of failure or some sort of "what if?"... I have practiced zazen for the past 20+ years(Zen meditation)each day which teaches mindfulness. Zazen means, just sitting. This is then extended to whatever tasks are to be carried out in daily life. Just standing, just walking, just sweeping, just writing etc., just being mindful of whatever I am doing. And when I see my mind wandering on to the next moment or the past, I bring it back into complete focus. In Zen, this is known as doing things mindfully, and it brings about a state of calmness that cannot be explained. The suffering (discomfort) can come when I recognise that I am not focused in the moment of now. I wouldn't say it is a religious practice, but it can be applied to whatever faith a person has, be it Christianity, Buddhism or other religion. I can see truth in all the great teachers.
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