Nonconformity and Validation

Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion

The Buddha was not a conformist. He learned as an adult about the realities of old age, sickness, and death, and resolved to find the solution.

Apparently everyone else chose not to look for a solution to this problem.

At first, the Buddha tried the existing solutions, such as they were. He learned the most advanced meditation techniques and found them wanting. He became an ascetic and…