It’s possible that a lot of unhappiness arises simply from thousands of years of people repeatedly asking the wrong questions. Whether life has a meaning, or death is the end may simply be bad questions to be asking. What the lyrics to Bob Dylan’s Visions of Johanna really mean have almost no significance. With that type of phenomena, we’re not concerned with the meaning. It’s a beautiful expression, and it doesn’t have to be picked apart into pieces in order to become significant. In a similar way, we can meaningfully use the term “average college student”, and describe them as behaving in certain ways. But, if someone were to say, literally, “I’d like to meet the average college student”, we would assume they had been confused. This is how life is to be approached: you can understand your life, but all of Life will not yield to you a meaning to be written down and recited every morning. In fact, it is not to be described and picked apart in order to have significance, it is made significant within the experience, the doing.
Self transcendence is impossible, because there is no self to transcend, and this can be realized once one attempts to locate the feeling of “I” within experience. It won’t be found. Content is appearing within consciousness, and disappearing. Consciousness abides, and remains unchanged throughout. There is content, and awareness of that content; nothing else.