I was reading the wiki page on the existential crisis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existential_crisis My question comes from a statement made in the "Handling existential crises" section and what the Buddhist reaction to it would be. Interested because I find a lot of truth in both philosophies. In my small knowledge of Buddhism it is my perception that ultimate happiness must come from within. I would also then extrapolate that to the meaning of life must come from within. That everything you need to know is already contained inside you and can be discovered via thought and meditation. Is that right? On the wiki page it says: What I take from that is giving a meaning to life requires action, an act of will. No amount of introspection or personal reflection will result in giving a meaning to ones life. Is that compatible with the Buddhist view?