Ajahn Brahm relates how inordinately difficult it is to become enlightened. It can only be done in a monastery which follows all eight steps of the Buddhist path. The carrot for this nigh impossible task is the ecstatic pleasure to be found in meditation, particularly the advanced meditation called the jhanas. Its rather like a millionaire telling the poor how to become rich - luck and many years hard work - but does the enormity of the task make us give up ? Yes jhanas are better than sex, but we can have sex today. For all that he is surely telling it how it is and not sugaring the pill, and for that he gets five stars. And when we reach the jhanas and dwell in ecstacy, what then ? We must give them up for Nibbana, nothingness. Funny old religion, this Buddhism.