Unicorns Come All By Themselves

by admin on January 13, 2012

The Unicorn spoke quietly to him. “You are a true wizard now, as you always wished. Does it make you happy?”
“Well,” said Schmendrick slowly, “Men don’t always know when they’re happy but, I…I think so.”

– Peter S. Beagle

Each of you has your own light,
if you try to see it you can’t,
the darkness is dark, dark.
What is your light?

– Yunmen

Everyone knows happiness is A Good Thing, more desirable than say, vacuum cleaners or eye shadow, and right up there with fame, fortune and the love of beautiful women (or men). The founding fathers of the United States offered happiness as part of the mission statement for a people coming together as a nation, encouraging them to pursue-and perhaps to go so far as to chase, harry, hunt down, subdue and corral-happiness. Even the Dalai Lama has said that happiness is the point of Buddhism.

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This course was developed as a primer for for small groups. It’s a new way of teaching koans in which people with no experience of koans or meditation can develop a relationship with koans. You keep company with a koan and it changes your life in the direction of freedom without necessarily consulting you about specific strategies. In this model the small group leaders have a training program which is available to anyone who wants it. In essence this training program entails taking the ride themselves and finding their own freedom.

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