i think laughter and childlike wonderous enjoyment is a VITAL part of the path. for example take the teacher Munindra who has passed, he was a theravadan teacher who made himself laugh all the time, looking at animals was a moving unforgettable experience. to me this is dhamma. when i am waiting in the grocery store line, i stop and i look at the display case of cookies and its entrancing and i am aware of there shiny plastic covering and this reminds me that i am alive. its not really what i am looking at but i am looking so presently its the ACT of looking that is enjoyable, and this makes me incredibly happy. and to know i can do this all day long is a miracle. my passion in life is brushing my teeth and doing the dishes. because of the experience of how my gums feel etc.. this is how munindra lived his life, curious like a cat, playful as a child, and virtuous as a monk. i wake up and im already have so much happpiness in my mind i cant help but think this approach AS well as meditation is the path. thoughts? experiences? metta befriend. someone asked munindra why he meditated. he didnt say so i can radiated wisdom into the 10 realms, or free myself from the passion. he said so i can see the leaves more clearly. i do not mean to diminish the efficacy of insight or metta, i mean they are just as important possibly more important than what i am speaking of but i think this is an important teaching.
nothing can destroy a man who has lived a pure life