How can we beat a path to awakening? Meditate and develop deep, wise insight, training like a spiritual athlete in this new millenium. Like forging a trail in dense forest, walk it again and again, courageously enduring difficulties to navigate beyond mental afflictions. Study the mind incisively and trust – we will arrive. A talk given at a 10 day OBS retreat at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent, Pembroke, Canada in 2008.