Q. Do enlightened people have goals and desires?

A. Enlightenment is nothing to do with whether one has goals and desires. How would the historical Buddha have devoted himself to leading sentient beings to enlightenment had he not had a goal to relieve them from suffering? The enlightened have goals and desires just as the unenlightened do.

However, the difference between the enlightened and the unenlightened is that the former are not swayed by the results of their efforts to pursue their goals of benefitting others and themselves whilst the latter are, because they see all of them as empty and illusionary, just as if they were seeing a movie.

©Boo Ahm

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