Have you ever wondered what your purpose in this world is? Why do you work for? Do you follow an inertia or do what you really want? Are you happy? 

I’m sure you’ve ever asked yourself these or some similar questions. The bookstores are full of self-help books and best sellers. Concepts such as mindfulness, yoga, meditation, therapy… are increasingly recurrent in our environment. This shows that there is an audience that seeks to find itself and its meaning.

Do Beop o The path of truth is a Buddhist monk that I found walking through the mountain of Hallasan (Jeju). My curiosity and desire to flee from tourists led me to follow a path that ended in 3 houses attached to a Buddhist monastery. Its doors were open, and I could see that inside there was only one room with the bamboo floor. There seemed to be no one, but they were not uninhabited either.

Once I contemplated the beauty of the place, I started to follow my way when, suddenly,  a Buddhist monk appeared and asked if I wanted a tea. And there I was, sitting at the door of one of those three houses having tea with Do Beop. 

He told me that he lived alone for three months, and he will be in that place five years more to practice meditation and study Buddhism in depth. He would like to find his mission in this world through meditation. And then, he asked me the million-dollar question: And you, do you know what your purpose is? 

Well, I still don’t know, I told him. Do Beop replied that there are many ways to discover our purpose. Meditation is one but not the only one. Also, he explained that meditation could be done anywhere. And that for him to travel, being with people and friends is even meditating. So I point it out!

Our conversation continued with a tea, and some dried persimmons that he took from somewhere and they were terrific. I have not found them again. That day was like a dream. A monk who comes out of nowhere and asks me for my purpose. A delicious persimmons that I have not found again in any supermarket in the countries I have visited and a spectacular environment. Hallucinations? Hahaha!

 

What is life? A frenzy.

What is life? An illusion,

a shadow, a fiction,

and the highest good is small:

That all life is a dream

And dreams are dreams.

(Monologue of Segismundo, Calderón de la Barca)