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Control the tendency to be a control-freak!
May 29th, 2014
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Control the tendency to be a control-freak!

Also applies to « meditation should work more, benefits should arise faster… I should be happy by now! I've done good deeds, where is the reward? I've told the truth, why is the world not immediately responding positively? I ceased an ignorant view, what is there left to cease? »
Ceasing one condition of dissatisfaction doesn't magically solve dukkha,  because there never  was only one condition at play! But progress isn't to be denied either: that's still one less cause of suffering to cease! Keep cultivating ("right effort")!


When your reasoning contradict your gut feeling, then what?
Do you reason your way into trusting the gut feeling (even though illusions exist because perception is  flawed)? Or do you make yourself feel what the reasoning concluded (even though the reasoning might be proliferating further and further away from reality, e.g. into paranoia)?
Do you cling to 'control' ("there must be a way to reach certainty")  and suffer accordingly ("I understood this teaching, I applied it, I performed so many good deeds, it should deliver this-or-that to me; why not?"  impatient spiritual materialism)? Do you let go of certainty and enquire? And then enquire more, and again, and forever —and find the final cessation of struggle in this attitude?

Ceasing one condition of dissatisfaction doesn't magically solve the unsatisfactoriness of life, because there never  was only one  condition at play! But progress isn't to be denied either: that's still one less cause of struggle to cease! Keep looking, keep enquiring, keep cultivating ("right effort")!


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Long videos:
2014 - 01 How to See Yourself As You Really Are 05-24-14
2014 - 02 How to See Yourself As You Really Are 05-24-14
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