All great being comes about through a combination of natural patterns, persistence and sensitivity. Great being is the experience of living, of being one with life. It is ecstatic. This is the bootstrap a Buddhist Mystic hauls herself into the saddle with. The Buddha, fully self awakened, provided instructions to help us achieve that. The instructions are not beyond the capacity of any of us to follow, but there are sufficient obstacles in each of us to make it a challenge. The Buddhist Mystic works every day, all day, to follow those instructions. The great beauty of the Dhamma is that built right in are kindness, flexibility, encouragement and understanding. That is the gradual path, the middle way… and through persistence it leads to nibbana. Two of us learned a lot of these lessons from the trail itself.