Monday, February 4, 2013

Suffering - Avoidance; Freedom - Curious

     "The whole of the ancient, master teachings on suffering come down to this: Suffering is the notion 'This isn't it,' and its variants, such as 'I can't bear this, it shouldn't be happening,' and 'I have to know how this will turn out,' and 'What if it gets worse?' When we want something to be over, we lose compassion for ourselves, now.

     Freedom, or waking up, and fearlessness come down to the simplicity of 'Wait a minute, what if this is it?' and its variants ... 'I don't know.'"     John Tarrant Roshi  Shambhala Sun, March 2013

Photo: Ekaterina Negoda

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