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Then and Zen

In these pages I have joked about being zen about one thing or another, meaning feeling detached, loose, okay with it, not letting things get to me. I did not know if I was representing Zen Buddhism correctly. I think now that I actually was. At least in essence. I am reading a book called "It's Easier than you think" about seeking enlightenment through the four Buddhist "noble truths". I am about halfway through this very small book and realizing that I have been traipsing down that path for a while now. Perhaps it should not be surprising that I have come upon these thoughts for living on my own, or primarily on my own. The book helps me to focus my thoughts better, I am happy to say, defines the quest a bit for me. The connections between pain and suffering, and the concept that "wanting is suffering" are wonderful distillations. The writer, Sylvia Boorstein, translates the first noble truth as, "Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional".

My therapist said something like the longer you resist the longer the pain persists. I think these say the same thing: let go, accept.

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prom
Feb. 14th, 2002 07:01 am (UTC)
"Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional".
The trick is let the suffering be a parking lot & not a campground!

Entering the Stream & Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind are 2 good books I've read on the subject...
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