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This month, I’d like to talk about goals and goal-setting… and, in particular, settling vs. striving vs. a balance of the two.


Questions to consider include:

- How “Buddhist” is goal-setting?

- How do you define a “goal”? Is it healthy to “settle”? How do we decide how much to settle for?

- Can we use Buddhism as a means to achieve our goals?

- To touch upon last month’s topic a bit… don’t we all come to the Buddhism and Happiness meetup with some “goal” in mind? Is Buddhism itself goal oriented (liberation from suffering / Nirvana)?

- Are goals always motivated by discontent? (i.e. discontent makes us act to replace it, and this replacement is often a clear goal of something that we think will make us content, used as a source of inspiration)



Please come with thoughts and considerations.

Hope you can attend!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thought provoking conversations.
    Finally got it on the bus going home.

    August 4, 2012

  • Adrian Bruce C.

    One more great video for the weekend: After re-watching this I realized that realizing my potential (being the best I can be in this moment) is my purpose/dharma. I mistakenly said on Wed. that it was my goal.

    Love and Light,

    August 3, 2012

  • Annette

    Really great videos, guys... thanks for sharing!!

    August 2, 2012

  • Adrian Bruce C.

    Following Ruby's example of adding to the discussion with a video: This video discusses the concept of "The Tolle Trap". It is important to be in the moment... Add Inspiring Goals to that and amazing things are possible... Happiness, Bliss, Enlightenment!?!?

    Here's another video regarding Courage since we were talking about Fear last night: These videos are short but powerful. Hope you like them!

    Love and Light,

    August 2, 2012

  • Ruby

    Hi, just want to contribute to yesterday's discussion with this video - It's called Achieving your Childhood Dreams by Randy Pausch. Really inspirational and at the end, I thought his quote was especially relevant to yesterday “If you live your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself…your dreams will come to you”

    August 2, 2012

  • Tiffany

    Lost track of time in Barnes & Nobles. On my way! 5 min.

    August 1, 2012

  • Bob

    Hi Howie, I haven't read the book, but thank you for pointing out the connections that struck you. I think that since Buddhist teachings are simply observations about the world as it is, there are other individuals and groups that are similarly committed to seeing things as they are, and it is wonderful to see this occur. I look forward to taking a look at this book, and I appreciate your taking the time to share this with us!

    July 27, 2012

  • Howie

    This is out of left field, but I just read the Booker Prize winning Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes and all along I kept thinking that the book exemplifies Buddhist teachings without meaning to. Anyway, thought I'd share that. Howie

    July 27, 2012

  • Annette

    Hi, sorry for not clarifying - it just means "To Be Determined" :)

    July 19, 2012

  • Maggie W.

    What is TBD?

    July 19, 2012

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