A dear friend, Malini Weerasooriya, was a worthy example to us of a daughter of the Buddha. Fearless, patient and joyous throughout her pains as she neared death, she embodied one who had found the way out of the wilderness of the mind driven by ill-will, greed and delusion. Spiritual community can also strengthen us to blaze a trail through that wilderness, to trust and persevere with mindfulness, faith and wisdom. We are ready to make sacrifices or even suffer for the treasures of the Path. A talk given at Sati Saraniya Hermitage, Dec. 2012.