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Intentionality Ink Philosophy
Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince in Lumbini, Nepal in the 6th century B.C. Raised away the suffering of the world, at age 29, Siddhartha ventured out beyond the palace walls for the first time and encountered an old man. Siddhartha's charioteer explained all people grow old. In subsequent excursions, Siddhartha encountered a diseased man, a decaying corpse, and an ascetic. Siddhartha’s charioteer explained the ascetic had renounced the world to seek release from human fear of suffering and death. The next day, Siddhartha disavowed his kingdom to pursue an ascetic life.
Various teachings and years later, Siddhartha spent a fateful night in deep meditation. During his meditation, all of the answers he had been seeking became clear. Achieving full awareness, Siddhartha became Buddha. Through Siddhartha’s subsequent teachings, Buddhist ethics originated including the eight-fold path: Right Understanding, Right Intent, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
The Intentionality Ink project believes process matters. In the spirit of the first two elements of the eight-fold path — Right Understanding and Right Intent — Intentionality Ink believes subsequent decision making will naturally cascade. Therefore, apical value lies in furthering knowledge and the subsequent choice to live it out.
“One should not search for an abstract meaning of life. Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life to carry out a concrete assignment which demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it. ” - Viktor Frankl