Enlightenment isn’t about the finding the Answer. Enlightenment is resting in the Question.
Such is the premise of Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel’s book, The Power of an Open Question: The Buddha’s Path to Freedom.
According to the author, the power of the Buddha’s discovery wasn’t in finding any answer regarding liberation—rather it was the idea that he was able to let go of the quest for an answer and be comfortable with simply not knowing the answers to everything. Some questions just simply don’t have answers, and that’s okay too. It’s the ability to live within that question that keeps us open to all possibilities rather than committing oneself to any one path.
At only 113 pages, The Power of an Open Question is an easy, accessible read yet is filled with a grounded, inspiring and subtle wisdom.
Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.