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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

i have recently been reading about buddhism, particularly zen buddhism, and it makes for fascinating reading.

i have been particularly struck by the word satori, meaning moment of enlightenment. satori happens only once in a person's lifetime and supposedly makes everything clear and understandable. satori is described as the ultimate aim of zen buddhism, but can actually happen to anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, faith etc.

the reason i am particularly interested in the word is because i believe it is strongly linked with my personal reasons for travelling. i am 22 years old and really rather confused about which direction to take next with my life. at the moment my only concrete plan for the foreseeable future is to take an extended trip through south east asia. in a way i am doing this to stall the inevitability of having to find a "stable job". in another way i am travelling in search of satori, a kind of enlightenment or understanding. i am looking for that spark of inspiration or clue or sign, in whatever form it may take, that will help me to decide what i want to achieve with my life. at the moment i live at home with my parents, am working to save for my trip and to pay off some university debts, and don't know what i will be doing when i return from my travels. i have considered becoming an english teacher as i currently work as a teaching assistant. i have also considered applying for a job at STA Travel. but i can't quite decide. i think i'll just head off and see what transpires. if nothing clicks into place while i'm away i might head off to south america next... who knows?

i don't know exactly what the point of this post was or why i decided to share any of that with an online travel community, but there you go.

i am currently considering getting the word satori tattooed onto my body in a vain attempt to bring on that moment where everything seems to make sense.

i would be interested to hear other peoples reasons for travelling. are there any others out there on a similar quest for a clearer picture?

joey

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

travelling and teaching is a good combination. Many schools would require formal qualifications.

don't do tattoo - it's painful and not necessary helpful with your 'enlighment'.

any reason is good for travelling :)

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Near death experiences can give you satori...least it did for me. I do NOT reccomend it.

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting joey22

i have been particularly struck by the word satori, meaning moment of enlightenment. satori happens only once in a person's lifetime and supposedly makes everything clear and understandable. satori is described as the ultimate aim of zen buddhism, but can actually happen to anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs, faith etc.

joey

Hey Joey, I was raised catholic but I am the furthest thing from it. I have always been more interested in Budhism as a religion (I hate to call it that). Maybe I should call it a spiritual search.

Anyway, I have never heard that word. Everything you mentioned sounds like NIRVANA, which is the word I learned in regards to the ultimate search for spiritual enlightment. Maybe this is the new term. Just knowing you are in search of something, I believe, is the right start. Traveling opens your eyes to things most people wont get to see in their lifetime, those who choose to stay in the cocoon and their every day routine without taking the time to find and learn about the rest of our world.
I personally think that traveling has given the oportunity to become a more sensible person. I think you will have the same experience. Open you mind to learning and you will realize soon enough how much it can change the way you tend to view the world.

5. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Joz

Near death experiences can give you satori...least it did for me. I do NOT reccomend it.

Joz, please do tell, share with us your near death experience.

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Joey, you mentioned that you are on a search and journey for "satori", to help you find your path in life? Perhaps the very journey you are on is your path in life.

Please do not fall victim to the "stable job", do not allow others to guide you into a state of mediocrity. You and I are on the same journey it seems.

For the longest time I would ponder the idea of the "normal" life, the normal life of a "western" person: One is required to go to school, get a "girlfriend", finance a car, rent an apartment; once settled into enough debt start looking at houses to raise 1.4 children and then die at an early age of heart problems.

This is not my path. Like you, I travel in search of a path to take, so far it seems they all lead to a muddy swamp.

I guess my point would be, your search for understanding and enlightenment can be the path and journey unto itself. The more I learn and understand the more I want to work towards a greater understanding. Seeing the beginning of the path is the hard part.

I really enjoy reading about Buddha's as well, I highly recommend Karen Armstrong's: "Buddha". It is a fantastic book more about the life Siddhatta Gotama, the most recent of Buddha's.

7. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting areinstein

Quoting Joz

Near death experiences can give you satori...least it did for me. I do NOT reccomend it.

Joz, please do tell, share with us your near death experience.

Which one?

8. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Joz

Quoting areinstein

Quoting Joz

Near death experiences can give you satori...least it did for me. I do NOT reccomend it.

Joz, please do tell, share with us your near death experience.

Which one?

How many did you have??

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Just two....which is two too many!

10. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Joz

Just two....which is two too many!

Ok, spill the beans!