We practice so that we can get out of the way of our intrinsic happiness—to discover happiness that doesn’t depend on circumstances. Something that will not fade. Something that is not conditioned by our efforts, by how things will come together for us or how they’ll fall apart. Our inherent humanity awakens as we discover the joy of living completely, the joy which is nothing other than the texture of this experience, of coming back to the moment, of dying to the grasping self.

Buddha was infinitely trusting in offering these teachings. He presented no boundaries to them. It obviously came out of trusting himself. But within that, he observed that he could trust everybody. By offering these teachings, he is trusting you.

The question is, do you trust yourself?


The Majjhima Nikaya (“Collection of Middle-length Discourses”) is a one of the primary scriptures in the Pali Tipitaka of Theravada Buddhism, frequently referred to as the Pali Canon. It consists of 152 discourses attributed to the Buddha and his chief disciples.