EMBRACING THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA…

December 26th, 2017

Happiness, I’m convinced, is like cold and darkness, it is marked by an absence—heat in the case of cold and light in the case of darkness—rather than a presence. For me, true happiness is the absence of stress, conflict and disruption. Happiness is not the dopamine shot we get by obtaining some experience or object we desire but rather the absence of that desire. This is the core lesson I’ve learned from Buddhism.

“Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them.” —Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. p. 10

From Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Previously…

Found in my electronic chapbook.

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