Is It Wrong To Have Goals In Buddhism?

Hi VagabondSumitta,Good afternoon. I have admired your posts for some time. 🙂

I’d like to ask you a question regarding Buddhism. Is it wrong or “unskillful” to practice Buddhism and have goals? Is it an unskillful mentality to work towards a goal? Or, maybe it is OK if you are unattached to the result?

I am going through some changes in my life and would like to know if it is “un-Buddhist” to start being more goal-directed.

Thank you for your time and your posts.

Dhamma-follower,If you have a determination to be a good person– is that a goal? If you need to eat tonight– is that a goal?

Meditation by its etymology means “effort.”

Having a goal is not wrong. Commit to being mindful and investigate what actions and goals you have. If you find that they are wholesome– developing compassion, morality, mindfulness and liberation from suffering— then go for it!

Also be mindful if you are developing unwholesome cravings and clinging to your goals. This means that you should always be re-evaluating what and why you are doing. This is how you avoid becoming lost along your path.

Categories: Buddha, Dharma, Divorce, Ethics, Four Noble Truths, Kharma, Lifestyle, Mahayana, Marriage, Meditation, New Age, Noble Eightfold Path, Philosophy, Relationships, Theravada, Tibet, Virajana, Work


Joshua Hudson is a license clinical social worker with post graduate certificates in mental health. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he has worked as an healthcare advocate for the Department of Veteran Affairs, Director of Psychological Health for the Air Force, in-patient counselor for inpatient adolescents, child and family therapist; and currently is a Prevention Interventionist for the Air Force creating programs to reduce interpersonal and self-directed violence (e.g. Sexual assault, suicide, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, etc.) in the military


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