Depression, suicide and drug use are issues that will, one way or another, have an affect on all our lives. The search for meaning in life has almost been given up in exchange for short term pursuits and goals. The question must now be asked if the modern world has placed nihilism at the centre of its world view? If this is so then the advice of a man who brought meaning into his own life and the lives of those around him is well needed. Can we overcome our own cultural bias' to understand that the man known as the Buddha and his teachings have so much to show us about ourselves and our place in the world.