Sunday, February 26, 2012


"How much suffering and fear, and
How many harmful things are in existence?
If all arises from clinging to the 'I',
What should I do with this great demon?"          Shantideva

      “The only way to eliminate suffering is to actually recognize the experience of a self as a misconception, which we do by proving directly to ourselves that there is no such personal self. We must actually realise this. Once we do, then automatically the misconception of a self and our fixation on that ‘self’ will disappear. 
     Only by directly experiencing selflessness can we end the process of confused projection. This is why the Buddha emphasized meditation on selflessness or egolessness (emptiness). 
     However, to meditate on egolessness, we must undertake a process that begins with a conceptual understanding of egolessness; then, based on that understanding, there can be meditation, and finally realization.”
Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche: Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

A monk on pain and suffering

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