Q. If enlightenment is being free from the desires and cares of this world, wouldn’t it be boring? I love having desires and want to enjoy the material world with my friends and family.

A. Does the knowledge that novels are fictional make reading them boring? Does knowing that films are just pictures projected on a screen make it boring to watch them? What would you think of someone who, not aware that a film is only projected images, stormed out of the cinema, crying that a huge monster is killing people in there?

Which do you think enjoys the film more, a person who, aware that it is not real but just illusionary, appreciates the film to its end or a person who runs away like the one mentioned above?

Becoming free from the desires and cares of this world in Buddhism doesn’t mean that you become emotionless like stone but means that you see the desires and cares of this world as empty just like watching a film. Enlightenment doesn’t deprive you of the happiness you can enjoy with your family and friends but increases it through seeing what you have failed to see about them so far.

©Boo Ahm

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