A Quick Buddhist Quote
*The Beat poet Jack Kerouac, feeling primed for a spiritual breakthrough, wrote to a friend before he retreated into the wilderness, "If I don't get a vision on Desolation Peak, then my name ain't William Blake." But later he wrote that he found it hard to face the naked truth. "I'd thought, in June when I get to the top—and everybody leaves—I will come face to face with God or Tathagata (Buddha) and find out once and for all what is the meaning of all this existence and suffering—but instead I'd come face to face with myself, no liquor, no drugs, no chance of faking it, but face to face with ole Hateful . . . Me."
*(from an essay entitled "Resting Completely" by Pema Chödrön in Shambhala Sun) Link